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Monument details

HER Number:TR 35 NW 114
Type of record:Monument
Name:Motte and bailey castle, Mary-le-Bone Hill, Sandwich

Summary

Motte and bailey castle, Mary-le-Bone Hill, Sandwich.


Grid Reference:TR 3224 5808
Map Sheet:TR35NW
Parish:SANDWICH, DOVER, KENT

Monument Types

  • MOTTE AND BAILEY (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Selected Heritage Inventory for Natural England: Well defined circular ditch (motte?) with less distinct 'bailey' (also circular) attached to it and centred on TR 32235803: Within the 'bailey' is the site of a probable 13th century chapel

Full description

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Well defined circular ditch (motte?) with less distinct 'bailey' (also circular) attached to it and centred on TR 32235803: Within the 'bailey' is the site of a probable 13th century chapel (see TR 35 NW 47). (1)

In 2006 two resistivity surveys were carried out at the site by Dover Archaeological Group. The second succeeded in plotting the form of the site, which consisted of a circular enclosure to the northeast, a kidney shaped enclosure attached to the southwest side of the first and a much larger curvilinear enclosure extending from the first around the second. The full extent of the largest ditch was not determined. A number of anomalies within these enclosures were also detected. (2)

Clear on the 2007 Google Earth image. In addition to the motte and bailey, a larger curvilinear ditch may be an outer bailey.


<1> OS Card / NAR index entry, AP (RAF 106G UK 1131 F3041; 17 1 46) (Unpublished document). SKE6461.


<2> Dover Archaeological Group, 2006, Mary-Le-Bone Hill, Sandwich, Kent: Geophysical Resistivity Survey (Unpublished document). SKE17705.

Sources and further reading

Cross-ref. Source description
<1>Unpublished document: OS Card / NAR index entry. AP (RAF 106G UK 1131 F3041; 17 1 46).
<2>Unpublished document: Dover Archaeological Group. 2006. Mary-Le-Bone Hill, Sandwich, Kent: Geophysical Resistivity Survey.
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