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Black Hawes Castle, Westcott

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Balchins Lane

In the civil parish of Milton (formerly Dorking).
In the historic county of Surrey.
Modern Authority of Surrey.
1974 county of Surrey.
Medieval County of Surrey.

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ137487
Latitude 51.22662° Longitude -0.37216°

Black Hawes Castle, Westcott has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are uncertain remains.


Recording of a large earthwork, which is possibly part of the remains of a fortified Norman manor house known from documentary evidence as Black Hawes Castle. A sherd from a 12th or 13th century cooking pot was recovered in the garden below the earthwork. (SSHER)

It is also said that there was in one of the shady coppices near Westcott, a castle which was known as "Black Hawes," and belonged to the "Ewtons," of which scarcely any remains are now to be found. (Bright)

In a coppice called Black-hawes was another castle demolished at the same time (by the Danes), and nothing now but the mote and some few bricks remain. (Aubrey quoted in Bray, 1789)

Certainly a likely manorial centre site; close to a mill ('There was a mill at Westcote at the time of the Domesday Survey; it is also mentioned in the inquisition taken at the death of Laurence de Hastings in 1348, when it was stated to be a water-mill.' (VCH)) . However the nearby parish church is a new build mid C19 construction.
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