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Mount Caburn Camp, Glynde

In the civil parish of Glynde.
In the historic county of Sussex.
Modern Authority of East Sussex.
1974 county of East Sussex.
Medieval County of Sussex (Rape of Pevensey).

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ44430891
Latitude 50.86167° Longitude 0.05088°

Mount Caburn Camp, Glynde has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a Urban Defence although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


The earthworks and interior of a small multivallate hillfort situated on The Caburn. Part excavation in 1937-8 revealed the hilltop to have undergone a complex history of development from the Iron Age to the medieval period. Initially, to 100 BC the settlement comprised an Iron Age open village, followed by a more complex fortified proto- "town" settlement from about 100 BC to the Roman conquest. There was evidence of further fortification at the time of the Roman conquest. Later phases of use included local reconstruction at an unknown date (probably Saxon) and a mid-C12 phase of refortification as an Adulterine castle. (PastScape)

King calls this a possible site and writes' too large and weak for a likely castle; probably a fortified village' In King's terms 'possible' meant suspect.
Reportedly capped with medieval palisade of no great strength. This prominent hill top site can never have an easy residential site since there is no comfortable water supply. Certainly for a high status residence of a horse riding elite the lack of water would have been prohibitive. The suggestion this was an 'adulterine' castle site seems to be one of received wisdom rather than something based on consideration of evidence. Even the idea that this was any sort of medieval fortification seems weak and the supposed weak palisade may well be a fence for stock control.
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