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Haverhill Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Newt Pond

In the civil parish of Haverhill.
In the historic county of Suffolk.
Modern Authority of Suffolk.
1974 county of Suffolk.
Medieval County of Suffolk.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL65814577
Latitude 52.08555° Longitude 0.41808°

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

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


A poor moat with nothing but the name of a castle. (King)

The site of Haverhill Castle was on high ground, its south east scarp and ditch were preserved until recently, but now can only be traced by fencing and part of the ditch 12 ft deep containing water. Position occupied by Castle Farm (VCH). There are references to a 'castle' at Haverhill in 1373 and 1403, but an examination of the earthworks known as Haverhill 'Castle' indicate that it was a fortified manor-house and there is no sign of a mound. The moated area is oblong and much mutilated. (Dickinson) (PastScape)

The site now seems to be a large fishing pond with no remains of the earlier farmhouse, one arm of the moat shown on the 1886 may still survive but must be damaged. King saw the site after it had been seriously damaged and his dismissal of the site as a castle seems to be a dismissal of this site as a motte and bailey. It was clearly the site of a moated house of some status with a late medieval reference to it as a castle and many 'certain' castles are identified on less evidence.
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