Excavation of Keep at Brandon Castle

Description of this historic site

The remains of the Medieval keep of Brandon Castle were found during an archaeological excavation.

Notes about this historic site

1 The central moated mount, upon which the castle itself stood, is an almost square plateau which contains nearly 0.4 ha.
2 1947: Excavation located a rectangular keep not earlier than the first half of the 13th century and destroyed in 1266. On the N side a wall was traced for 3m above a basement. It was built of well-dressed Kenilworth sandstone. All the usable stone had been removed and probable evidence was found for the destruction of the tower by fire. Traces of a circular staircase survived in the SW angle. The height of the castle is uncertain. Finds included pottery, fifteen iron arrowheads, other iron objects, brooches, an ivory draughtsman, coins of Richard I or John, and two others of John.
3 Scheduled as Warwickshire Monument No 55.
4 Foundations of the keep are still exposed and appear as a rectangle with a central division.
7 The Edwards archive is lodged with the Field Archaeology Section of Coventry Museum. Some of the finds may also be there.

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