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Hautbois Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Great Hautboys; Hautbois Magna; Magna Hautboys; Castle Yard

In the civil parish of Coltishall.
In the historic county of Norfolk.
Modern Authority of Norfolk.
1974 county of Norfolk.
Medieval County of Norfolk.

OS Map Grid Reference: TG26092030
Latitude 52.73290° Longitude 1.34732°

Hautbois Castle has been described as a certain Fortified Manor House.

There are masonry footings remains.

Description

Hautbois Castle. Built 1312 by Sir Robert Bainard with license to embattle. The foundations of this house may still be traced inside the moat as well as those of the porter's lodge on the south side of the castle abutting on the causeway. A castle and building is shown on a map of 1671 in the possession of Sir Edward Birkbeck. Slight traces of stone-work and the moat remain (Purdy; Rye). This earthwork is best described as a sub-rectangular castle mound. It is in the form of a platform raised above the surrounding marsh. The area is heavily intersected by drainage ditches although those immediately surrounding the site (on the line of the original moat) are now dry. A causewayed approach winds its way in from the NE and E but it does follow later drainage and may be associated with that. A short stretch of flint and mortar foundation protrudes through the soil close within the northern corner of the mound, but the foundations and the porter's lodge can no longer be traced (F1 BHS 20-JUL-72). (PastScape)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1312 Sept 7 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Comments

Ruins of St Theobalds church, which is possibly pre-Conquest in origin, 200m to NE.
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