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Castle Eaton

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Eton Meysi; Eiton Castelle

In the civil parish of Castle Eaton.
In the historic county of Wiltshire.
Modern Authority of Swindon.
1974 county of Wiltshire.
Medieval County of Wiltshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SU146959
Latitude 51.66238° Longitude -1.78979°

Castle Eaton has been described as a probable Masonry Castle, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.


Leland mentions a castle at Castle Eaton. It was licenced in 1311, when it was called Eton Meysi. (PastScape ref. King 1983)

Eiton Castelle in Whileshir, wher great ruines of a building in Wyleshir, as in ulteriori ripa, remanye yet, a 2. miles upper on the Isis.
Eiton the Lord Zouche's Castle. (Leland)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1311 May 28 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).


Although some medieval ditches and remains have been found in the parish nothing is clearly identifiable as a large, high status, site. Most likely by the church but presumably now lost beneath deposits from flooding of the River Thames (sometime called the Isis in this area. The line of which may have changed somewhat overtime) and very probably the site built over. As with other licenced houses is likely to have been only lightly fortified, with mainly decorative crenellations, although probably moated.
Given map reference is for parish church. The castle was possible to the south-east.
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