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Damery Old Castle, Alkington

In the civil parish of Alkington.
In the historic county of Gloucestershire.
Modern Authority of Gloucestershire.
1974 county of Gloucestershire.
Medieval County of Gloucestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: ST70759440
Latitude 51.64763° Longitude -2.42413°

Damery Old Castle, Alkington has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


An irregular oval camp, 160 yards by 40 yards across, consisting of a single ditch. No internal rampart exists, the spoil from the ditch having been thrown outwards (Playne). It is named 'Old Castle' on the OS 1" 1830 but 'Damery Camp' by Witts and Burrow (Burrow; Witts).
Probably a mediaeval earthwork. A mediaeval schist hone found here c 1950 is in Bristol City Museum (Verey).
A mediaeval defensive enclosure of "ringwork" type dominating what was probably an important road/river crossing. The entrance was probably at the east end, although both the west and east ends have been overlaid and mutilated by an enclosure and a garden respectively.
Disturbed ground to the N of the site at ST 70799446 probably represents later settlement (Field Investigators Comments F1 MJF 08-FEB-71).
The defensive ringwork is centred at ST 7075 9440, and measures approximately 155m south-west to north-east, and 92m south-west to north-east. Only the north-eastern side of the ringwork is visible on aerial photographs; and shows clearly on vertical aerial photographs of 1992 as a wide ditch and outer bank. The southern side is obscured by woodland; the western end by vegetation; and the eastern end by the gardens and boundaries of two properties (NMR OS/92064 094-095 13-MAY-1992). (PastScape)

This is as area of dispersed medieval settlement. The location, by a crossing of the Little Avon river, with a small hamlet could well be that of a small manor held for a knight's fee, probably as a sub-tenancy of Berkeley.
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