Seckington Castle

Seckington Castle on the 1885 Ordnance Survey map | Open
Seckington Castle on the 1885 Ordnance Survey map
Description of this historic site

A Medieval motte and bailey castle surviving as an earthwork. It is located to the north west edge of Seckington on the southern side of the B5493.

Notes about this historic site

1 Perfect little earthwork of the moated mount and court type (eg motte and bailey) in an excellent high position. The mound is conical: 9 M high, 43/46 M diam at base and 15.2 M diam at top. Encircling the mound is a ditch 9 M wide and 3.5 M deep. A courtyard lies to the S and SE defended by a ditch with a rampart on the inner side. Rampart and ditch increase in size towards the mount itself. An entrance at SE is possibly original. To the N and E traces of a long rampart and ditch can be seen with water in part of the latter. No sign of masonry; the site therefore probably fell early into disuse.
2 North of the church are the well preserved earthworks of a motte and bailey type of Norman castle.
3 Constructed early 11th century by Earl of Mellant or his son Robert Earl of Leicester. Remains of a ramp on SW facing slope of the motte. Slight infill at W junction of motte ditch and bailey ditch.
9 There are several stories associated with early Medieval Seckington; according to the Anglo Saxon Chronicles King Aethelbald was murdered in Seckington in 757 AD The site is surrounded by ridge and furrow and it has been noted in the past that the banks have been eroded by ploughing during the Medieval period.
10 Description.
11 New SAM Number:- 21545. The site is in a good state of preservation, and will contain valuable stratiagraphic and artefactual evidence. Part of the ridge and furrow which underlies the castle is included in the scheduled area in order to preserve the relationship betweeen the castle and the cultivation remains.
12 Scheduling information.
13 Archival material relating to tree planting on the motte.
14 Photocopied maps.

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