Swerford Castle

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Swerford Castle
Swerford, Oxfordshire, England
Motte and Bailey, Swerford - geograph.org.uk - 215450.jpg
The remaining earthworks
Swerford Castle is located in Oxfordshire
Swerford Castle
Swerford Castle
Coordinates51°58′38″N 1°27′35″W / 51.9771°N 1.4598°W / 51.9771; -1.4598Coordinates: 51°58′38″N 1°27′35″W / 51.9771°N 1.4598°W / 51.9771; -1.4598
Grid referencegrid reference SP372311
TypeMotte and bailey
Site information
ConditionEarthworks remain

Swerford Castle was a medieval castle in the village of Swerford, Oxfordshire, England.


Swerford Castle was built in a motte and bailey design in the 12th century.[1] It was positioned so as to overlook the local ford of the River Swere and the village of Swerford.[1] Archaeological remains suggest that the castle was probably constructed during the years of the Anarchy, probably by the same family that built Ascot d'Oilly Castle.[1]

The central motte is 18 m wide in diameter on top, and 30 m in diameter at the base, and 4 m tall; the wider bailey is approximately 52 m by 42 m, with a deep ditch.[1] The remains today are a scheduled monument.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1014748)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 9 June 2011.