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Kingshaugh Camp, Darlton

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Kingeshag; Kingeshawe; Kingshaw; Kingsey; Kingshaghe; Kingeshage

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SK76487348
Latitude 53.25289° Longitude -0.85474°

Kingshaugh Camp, Darlton has been described as a certain Timber Castle, and also as a certain Palace.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


The earthwork and buried remains of Kingshaugh Camp, a ringwork which surrounds the 17th century Kingshaugh House. The earliest reference to 'Kingeshag' is in the pipe rolls dating to 1194. In 1211, in the accounts of Brian de Insula who was working for the king in the East Midlands, there is a reference to the spending of five hundred and fifty pounds four shillings and seven pence for building the king's houses and enclosing the park. Further work was carried out in 1212 and 1214. There is also the first reference to 'Kingeshawe' being a castle or fortified camp in 1214, indicating that the earthworks were present by this date. The monument survives as a series of earthworks and buried remains. In the eastern half of the monument a sub-circular area, 120 metres in diameter, is defined on its south and east side by a bank and external ditch or moat which survives to a depth of 3 metres. On the north side the bank is degraded but still survives as a low, wide feature and provides a fairly steep slope down to the north. A stream provides a natural defence on the north, north east and north west sections of the monument. On the western side of the moated area, the bank and ditch have been lost beneath modern farm buildings. To the south of the sub-circular area the defence of the monument was further strengthened by a complex series of banks and ditches. (PastScape)
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