Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Long Buckby Castle

Take the road out of Long Buckby towards the village's railway station and you will soon come across a sign directing you down a close of modern houses to reach this castle.

A page about it says Long Buckby has been described as a certain timber castle and also as a probable masonry castle:
A trial excavation in 1955 revealed a shallow ditch or an enclosure of uncertain shape, possibly of pre-conquest or early post conquest date, which was superseded by a wall and subsequently by a bank with a deep ditch on the outside. The main motte was created in the mid C12 and may have been constructed by the de Quincy family who held the manor until 1264.
The interpretation board also suggests that what appears to be a moat around two sides in the mound is in reality the remains of a medieval track that was worn into a hollow way.

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