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Marham Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Hills and Holes

In the civil parish of Marham.
In the historic county of Norfolk.
Modern Authority of Norfolk.
1974 county of Norfolk.
Medieval County of Norfolk.

OS Map Grid Reference: TF70530955
Latitude 52.65667° Longitude 0.51981°

Marham Castle has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Rectangular moated site which has been identified as the site of the fortified manor known as Marham Castle. The moated site has maximum overall dimensions of 80m north west-south east by 77m north east-south west. The moat surrounds a central platform on which are the remains of a substantial building. The line of a circuit wall is indicated by low banks, consisting largely of chalk rubble and containing fragments of clay roof tile and other building materials, which enclose a rectangular area with internal dimensions of 30 metres by 20 metres. Mounds up to 1.5m in height, projecting externally at the four corners of this enclosure, mark the location of what were probably turrets. (PastScape)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1271 June 9 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).


The manor at Marham was held in the second half of C13 by William Belet, who received licence to crenellate his house there in 1271. However an Inquistion 1277 found that "the castle of Marham, raised by William Belet, is to the prejudice and nuisance of the king and country". See Coulson (2003) p. 131-133 for details of the licencing and the reasons for this minor site being called a castle.
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