Peterborough Castle

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Peterborough Castle
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England
Peterborough Castle is located in Cambridgeshire
Peterborough Castle
Peterborough Castle
Coordinates52°34′23″N 0°14′23″W / 52.5730°N 0.2396°W / 52.5730; -0.2396Coordinates: 52°34′23″N 0°14′23″W / 52.5730°N 0.2396°W / 52.5730; -0.2396
Grid referencegrid reference TL194987
TypeMotte and bailey
Site information
ConditionEarthworks only survive

Peterborough Castle, also known as Mount Thorold and Touthill, was a medieval motte and bailey castle in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England.


Peterborough Castle was built by Abbot Thorold of Peterborough, a Norman appointed to the post by William the Conqueror.[1] A motte and bailey design was erected close to the cathedral, in what is now the Dean's garden.[2] Thorold built the castle to protect himself against the monks in the cathedral, during the turbulent post-conquest period.[3] The castle was destroyed by the 12th century abbot, Martin de Bec.[3]

Today only the motte survives of the castle and is now between ten and twelve metres high.[3] The castle has scheduled monument status.[3]

See also[edit]


  • Armitage, Ella. (1912) The Early Norman Castles of the British Isles. London: John Murray.


  1. ^ Armitage, p.185.
  2. ^ Armitage, p.186.
  3. ^ a b c d Mount Thorold, Peterborough, Gatehouse website, accessed 21 May 2011. Archived 10 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine