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Aldworth, De La Beche

In the civil parish of Aldworth.
In the historic county of Berkshire.
Modern Authority of West Berkshire.
1974 county of Berkshire.
Medieval County of Berkshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SU55387840
Latitude 51.50143° Longitude -1.20280°

Aldworth, De La Beche has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.

Description

Beche Farm stands on the site of the castle of the De La Beche family, possibly erected in the reign of Edward III, when a licence to crenellate the manor house was granted in 1338. Excavations have revealed medieval foundations, and the line of the moat is marked by one or two small ponds. There are no remains of what was evidently a fortified manor house rather than a castle, and no indications of a moat. (PastScape)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1338 March 3 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Comments

The assumption this house was fortified may be due to preconceptions as to what a licence to crenellate meant rather than physical evidence. The prehistoric Grim's Ditch would have formed the northern boundary of the property although this seems to have been reduced rather than deepened or extended to defend the house. The ponds mentioned in the PastScape report are within the Grim's Ditch.
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