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Southoe Town Orchard

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Southoe And Midloe.
In the historic county of Huntingdonshire.
Modern Authority of Cambridgeshire.
1974 county of Cambridgeshire.
Medieval County of Huntingdonshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL183646
Latitude 52.26732° Longitude -0.26816°

Southoe Town Orchard has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.


"To the east of the Rectory is a homestead moat which probably marks the site of the house....where John de Lovetot was born in 1298. The house was said to be in ruin in 1350 and probably was not rebuilt....." (VCH).
A water-filled homestead moat,in good condition except for the north arm which is dry (F1 FGA 20-MAY-68). (PastScape)

ring-work south-west of the church excavated in 1942. The excavation produced pottery from the eleventh to the fourteenth century, together with ornamented bronze strip strip, tweezers, arrow-heads and schist hones. (Renn 1973)

Listed Called Homestead Moat, site of C13 house, in PastScape.
The pottery finds here are C13 and C14 and well may be successor to Manor Farm, as suggested by Renn in 1959, but it is doubtful if the fortifications here were anything other the normal for a homestead moat and the inclusion by Renn in his Norman Castles and his description of this as a 'ring-work' is misleading.
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