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Bruces Castle Farm, Conington

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Bruck; Cunnington

In the civil parish of Conington.
In the historic county of Huntingdonshire.
Modern Authority of Cambridgeshire.
1974 county of Cambridgeshire.
Medieval County of Huntingdonshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL18408458
Latitude 52.44624° Longitude -0.25934°

Bruces Castle Farm, Conington has been described as a Fortified Manor House although is doubtful that it was such.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Medieval moated site which takes its name from Bernard de Brus who built a manor here shortly after 1242. The island is roughly square and surrounded by a substantial moat. A document of 1279 refers to a hall with a wing either side, the west wing containing a chapel. A gatehouse with a drawbridge, flanked by stables stood north of the house. The south east corner of the moated island was occupied by a bakehouse and fishpond, the latter surviving as an earthwork. Surrounding the house, within the moat, were a number of gardens including a herbary and a vineyard/orchard. The house was ruinous by the late 16th century but was described by the Elizabeathan antiquarian William Camden as an 'ancient castle'. (PastScape)

A moated site, the island is roughly square measuring approximately 80m by 100m and is defined by a substantial moat 6m wide by a minimum of 3m deep. The site takes it's name from Bernard de Brus who built the manor house here around 1242. Building debris found on disturbed ground showed signs of burning, suggesting that the site's abandonment resulted from a disastrous fire. (Cambs. HER)

There are also remains of a fishpond 15m long by 1.7m wide.
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