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