Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

EAST CHELBOROUGH MOTTES


Castle Hill Motte
Photo ©Paul R. Davis

A motte and bailey on top of the ridge at Castle Hill on the west side of the road. The motte is oval, measures about 210 feet by 180 feet and rises about 30 feet above the bailey. It has been damaged by quarrying.

Two hundred yards to the east is East Chelborough Stake Farm which also appears to be the remains of a motte and bailey castle. The motte measures 90 feet by 150 and is about 6 to 10 feet high with a bailey to the east. It may be a precursor to the castle at Castle Hill.


Photo ©Paul R. Davis

Castle Hill Motte aerial photo ©Paul R. Davis Castle Hill (right) and East Chelborough Stake Farm (left) mottes photo ©Paul R. Davis

 

 


Directions
Between the A356 and the A37, 12 miles north west of Dorchester
East Chelborough, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 0PZ

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