Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

MOUNT BURES


MOUNT BURES
Photo Charles Taylor

The 40 foot high motte is still standing close to the 12th century church which may be sited on the original bailey. The man-made motte is almost 200 foot across and is surrounded by a deep ditch. It is thought to have been constructed during the civil war, the Anarchy, of 1135 - 1154. Recent excavations have not shown any sign of fortifications on the top of the motte so it may have been more of a defensible lookout position rather than a manned castle.


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Directions
Off the B1508, 8 miles south of Sudbury
Hall Road, Mount Bures, Essex, CO8 5AS

 



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