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Raveningham Mill Mount

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

OS Map Grid Reference: TM39309519
Latitude 52.50205° Longitude 1.52455°

Raveningham Mill Mount has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.


'Remains of a small Norman motte slightly mutilated on the southeast side by the modern road. Of quite defensive construction this motte is similar to others encountered during investigation. A rectangular depression on top of the island may indicate the site of a mill which gives the site the name of Mill Mount'. Accompanying diagram shows the mound as surrounded by a ditch, partially wet, which is '3.6' (metres) deep on inner face and '1.9' on other. (Norfolk HER account of 1971 OS report)

PastScape record of Medieval Motte reads "Small moat, probably later utilized as a mill mound" Doesn't appear to be a manorial centre, included as a motte by Liddiard however, who considered it might date to 1171.
An isolated mound without a bailey and not a manorial centre. The tenurial history suggest only one manorial residence and that was clearly The Hall next to the church in a park. Was the ditch just a security measure to protect valuable flour in an isolated mill or merely a result of obtaining soil for the mound from the closest possible location? Recorded as possible on the authority of Liddiard but the author of Gatehouse considers this dubious.
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