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In the civil parish of Wavendon.
In the historic county of Buckinghamshire.
Modern Authority of Milton Keynes.
1974 county of Buckinghamshire.
Medieval County of Buckinghamshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SP91933714
Latitude 52.02504° Longitude -0.66161°

Wavendon has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Probably windmill stance. A turf covered mound situated in a level field under permanent pasture, contiguous with rig and furrow. It is flat topped, 2.4m high, bounded by a dry ditch, 0.6m deep, and measures circa 30.0m overall diameter. The ditch is mutilated by cattle tread on the West side, and a causeway crosses on the south side to form an inclined ramp to the summit. It is suggested that the site may be a motte or adulterine castle, apparently abandoned in C13. (PastScape)

A bowl barrow, 60 ft in diameter and 7 ft high, surrounded by a ditch which is crossed by a causeway on the S. (RCHME) Excavated by R W Griffiths in 1963 and found to be a small motte, occupied for a short period, and dismantled in the 13th c. (Griffiths) A turf covered mound situated in a level field under permanent pasture, contiguous with rig and furrow. It is flat topped, 2.4m high, bounded by a dry ditch, 0.6m deep, and measures c 30.0m overall diameter. The ditch is mutilated by cattle tread on the W side, and a causeway crosses on the S side to form an inclined ramp to the summit. There is no trace of Griffiths excavation. There is considerable doubt that this mound is a motte for the following reasons:-
1. Its small size
2. The narrow shallow ditch does not appear defensive
3. A lack of documentary evidence for a defence
4. Existence of a ramp.
Mr D C Mynard state that Griffiths excavation was of a minor nature and inconclusive. To his knowledge no conclusive evidence was found to support classification as a motte. Griffiths has left the area and cannot be contacted. The mound is probably a windmill mound; the inclined ramp supports the supposition. (PastScape)

Over 800m from church and isolated from medieval settlement or farmstead. Apparently scheduled as a motte and listed by King but almost certainly a mill mound and nothing else based on field investigators comments above and location.
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