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Little Horham mound

In the civil parish of Thaxted.
In the historic county of Essex.
Modern Authority of Essex.
1974 county of Essex.
Medieval County of Essex.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL596295
Latitude 51.94199° Longitude 0.32071°

Little Horham mound has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are earthwork remains.


Motte or mill mound or both. Site of Little Horham. OS map card only is in SMR. Refers to site as a mill mound. It appears to be moated.
Substantial earthwork, 25m diameter at base, 15m diameter at the top, 3-4m high. Oval depression on the top. Ditch 5m wide by 2m deep, with a causeway to the green lane. Large coppice stools along the green lane which is deeply sunken in places, immature trees on the mound and some rabbit holes, otherwise vegetation scarce and preservation good. No trace of Little Horham farm. (Essex HER)

Isolated mound. A farm used to stand 100m to the North West but never close to any medieval settlement focus. Horham Hall 800m to West but not in clear line of sight. Under scrub. Does show on 2m LiDAR, no suggestion on maps or LiDAR of bailey. Most likely a moated mill mound and apparently officially recorded as that. Not recorded by usual castle studies authorities and can be rejected as a motte.
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