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Fairseat Hall Wood

In the civil parish of Stansted.
In the historic county of Kent.
Modern Authority of Kent.
1974 county of Kent.
Medieval County of Kent.

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ62766140
Latitude 51.32847° Longitude 0.33619°

Fairseat Hall Wood has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are earthwork remains.


A near-rectangular earthwork, measuring 50m. overall, situated on almost level ground in cleared woodland. Poor condition; mutilated by pigs. It consists of a bank and ditch of feeble profile with a small mound at each corner except the S.W., (these mounds may be the result of double upcast from the ditch). A probable original entrance leads into a semi-circular enclosure on the W. side, in which there is a shallow depression, probably an old pond. 20m. from the NE corner of the work is a small earthen mound. Excavated by J.E.L. Caiger in 1964 and large quantity of pottery (cooking pots) found. This suggests a provisional date of early-mid 12th c. for the earthwork, which probably enclosed a hall-type building. Excavation to continue. The excavation of a fortified Md. dwelling near Meopham has continued since 1964. The site covers approximately 1 1/2 acres and consists of a square enclosure with an oval bailey on the W. side. Details of walling etc. exposed in the 1964-66 excavations were pointed out by Mr. Caiger and the published 1/2500 survey revised. Excavations are continuing and a full report will appear in Arch. Cant. Excavations between 1964 and 1966 revealed a possible cattle pond; a small mound which was the remains of a look out tower destroyed by fire in the mid 13th century; the footings of a windmill, an oven and much iron ore perhaps indicating a bloomery. A causeway of slightly later date was also found. (Kent HER)

The promised excavation report seems never to have been written. Suggestion that this may be a castle seem somewhat fanciful, although many other sites of this size are so described. Certainly a manorial site and with some defensives.
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