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Lindsey; The Mounts

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Leleshay; Boar Hills

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

OS Map Grid Reference: TL97994411
Latitude 52.06012° Longitude 0.88658°

Lindsey; The Mounts has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Lindsey Castle, also known as Boar Hills and covering an area of about 5 acres, is unusual as the mound, 12ft high, lies within the south end of the bailey around which is a horse-shoe shaped moat. The north end of the court is defended partly by the moat and partly by low lying marsh, and a high rampart, formed of soil thrown up when the moat was made, lies within the court. At some later period additional fortifications were added on the south side which include two triangular-shaped baileys protected by ramparts and a moat. In the northern and larger one is a small mound forming part of the escarpment (PSIAH, 1908). The feature comprises a large low motte strongly defended on all sides particularly to the southeast where the earthworks are carried up the adjacent hillside. The site is divided by a stream entering from the south which also fed the pond to the north, now a marshy area. No traces of building are to be seen either on the motte or in the bailey (PastScape–ref. Field Investigators Comments-F1 BHS 13-JAN-70).

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1204 May 27 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).


A C13 chapel, strongly associated with the castle, but outside the fortifications survives to the NE. Lindsey is a parish of dispersed settlement, with the small, towerless parish church 800m N of the castle.
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