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Ickford mound

In the civil parish of Ickford.
In the historic county of Buckinghamshire.
Modern Authority of Buckinghamshire.
1974 county of Buckinghamshire.
Medieval County of Buckinghamshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SP64900658
Latitude 51.75437° Longitude -1.06254°

Ickford mound has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are earthwork remains.


Ditched mound c.20m diameter, c. 2.5m high, visible on APs could be a mill mound but possibly a motte. The mound is integral with other well preserved earthworks in this field, which could be village earthworks. (Bucks SMR)

At Ickford Bridge, near the river bank, are the remains of some earthworks of which nothing is known. In about 1830, when a portion of the embankment was being removed, a fire place formed of stone, together with some bones supposedly of animals in a calcined state, were discovered. (Sheanhan) A very slightly raised platform with a strong curved perimeter bank around the W., S and E sides. There is no outer ditch. It most resembles a Civil War earthwork but its sole purpose must have been to guard Ickford bridge. (F1 NVQ 19-FEB-71). (PastScape)

Close to river crossing. Other earthworks close by are identified as Civil War defences of this river crossing and this mound and supposed village earthworks may well be part of these. In flood plain and may be unglamourous stock enclosures and stock flood refuge, although Civil War feature not unlikely. Can be rejected as a motte as seasonal flooding would make the site unfit for habitation.
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