Great Ashfield Castle

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Great Ashfield Castle
Great Ashfield, Suffolk, England
Green guardians, Great Ashfield Castle (geograph 1890324).jpg
Overgrown remains of Great Ashfield Castle
Great Ashfield Castle is located in Suffolk
Great Ashfield Castle
Great Ashfield Castle
Coordinates52°16′11″N 0°55′01″E / 52.2696°N 0.9169°E / 52.2696; 0.9169
Grid referencegrid reference TL991675
TypeMotte and bailey
Site information
ConditionEarthworks remain

Great Ashfield Castle, also known locally as Castle Hill, is a medieval motte and bailey castle near the village of Great Ashfield, Suffolk, England.


Plan of Great Ashfield Castle in 1911

Great Ashfield Castle is a Norman motte and bailey castle near the village of Great Ashfield in Suffolk.[1] the motte is 130 feet in diameter at the base and 24 feet high.[1] The motte is surrounded by a fosse, 18 feet wide and 7 feet wide, which some investigations have suggested is a later edition to the castle.[2]

Today the castle is a scheduled monument.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Wall, p.591.
  2. ^ Wall, p.591; Great Ashfield Castle, National Monuments Record, English Heritage, accessed 2 July 2011.


  • Page, William. (ed) (1911) The Victoria History of Suffolk, Vol. 1. London: University of London.
  • Wall, J. C. (1911) "Ancient Earthworks," in Page (ed) (1911).

Coordinates: 52°16′11″N 0°55′00″E / 52.2696°N 0.9166°E / 52.2696; 0.9166