William d'Ecouis

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Middleton mount, the remains of William d'Ecouis motte-and-bailey castle at Middleton in Norfolk

William d'Ecouis (sometimes referred to as William de Schoies) was a knight who accompanied William the Conqueror on his invasion of England in 1066. Guillaume d'Ecouis is included on the plaque in the church at Dives-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, where William the Conqueror and his knights said mass before setting sail to invade England

Land holdings[edit]

William d'Ecouis is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086[1] as a substantial holder of land and manors. This was reward for his part in the invasion and for his loyalty to King William I.

Middleton Castle[edit]

Middleton castle was founded by William d'Ecouis. It was a motte-and-bailey fortress which was thought to be constructed from timber.[2] The large motte is surrounded by a wide ditch. Middleton Castle is located in the Middleton village centre,Station Road. 5 miles north-east of King's Lynn, on the A47.


  1. ^ The Domesday Book, Englands Heritage, Then and Now, Editor: Thomas Hinde,ISBN 1-85833-440-3
  2. ^ The Normans in Norfolk, By Sue Margeson, Fabienne Seillier and Andrew Rogerson, Pub:1994, Page 33, ISBN 0-903101-62-9