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Aslockton Cranmers Mound

In the civil parish of Aslockton.
In the historic county of Nottinghamshire.
Modern Authority of Nottinghamshire.
1974 county of Nottinghamshire.
Medieval County of Nottinghamshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK74404015
Latitude 52.95376° Longitude -0.89444°

Aslockton Cranmers Mound has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


A motte and bailey later converted to a homestead moat. Known as 'Cranmer's Mount' solely because Aslockton is Archbishop Cranmer's birthplace. (Allcroft, 1908)

16ft high Norman motte with two rectangular courts. The SE part of the motte has been mutilated by ballast digging. (VCH)

Medieval motte and bailey, later used as a prospect mound, with associated moated fishponds, a hollow way and ridge and furrow, surviving as earthworks. The Motte is 16ft high, but the south east part has been mutilated by ballast digging. (PastScape)

Watching brief carried out by NCC on land immediately adjacent to the castle site revealed traces of medieval features in plan with pottery on surface as well as post medieval garden or landscape features. (James Wright, 2010)

Birthplace of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer in 1489, although by this time the motte was probably being used as a prospect mound. The location of the later house is uncertain. The moated platforms to the east of the mound, presumably the site of the original bailey, may represent the site of the house or may be moated gardens. An interesting site worthy of further study because of the possibility of illuminating the complex ways in which castle earthworks were later modified and adapted.
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