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Weston Underwood moated site

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Weston by Laundene

In the civil parish of Weston Underwood.
In the historic county of Buckinghamshire.
Modern Authority of Milton Keynes.
1974 county of Buckinghamshire.
Medieval County of Buckinghamshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SP86625029
Latitude 52.14359° Longitude -0.73631°

Weston Underwood moated site has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Motte? The overall shape & size of the feature (i.e. moat & its enclosed area), & the strength of the ditch in relation to the small enclosed area, suggests a possible denuded motte. (Milton Keynes HER–ref. OS record card SP 85 19)

At the south-west end of the village is the church of St. Laurence. To the south of it is a moat, possibly once surrounding the chief messuage which the Pevers had here in 1315. (Chan. Inq. p.m. 9 Edw. II, no. 55). (VCH)

A homestead moat, now dry; east of it is a rectangular depression, apparently artificial. (OS; RCHME) Two rectangular depressions E of the moat, probably fishponds. (AP) o the SE of Weston Underwood on the gentle slope above the River Ouse, within a pasture field, is a moat enclosing an oval area measuring c 23.0m E-W by C15.0m N-S, and 0.7m above the natural ground level. The moat, C12.0m wide and 2.0m deep was formerly wet, but the retaining bank in the SE has been breached, and it is now dry for most of the year. The overall size and shape of the feature, and the strength of the ditch in relation to the small enclosed area, suggests a possible denuded motte. Immediately SE of the breach in the moat, and at a lower level, is a dried-up pond, itself breached, which is scarped into the natural slope. A similar pond, now dry, occurs c 60.0m to the NE. Their purpose is unknown; they are unlikely to be fishponds contemporary with the moat as they are at a lower level; more likely they are associated with traces of a Md landscape nearby (Field Investigator 1 PAS 25-JAN-73). (PastScape)

Identification as a possible motte either missed or dismissed by the usual castle authorities but the suggestion is not without justification, particularly considering the small size of some generally accepted mottes in the Welsh Marches. In 1315 the manor was held by service of a quarter of a knight's fee.
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