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Wiston Castle



There's an excellent example of a motte and bailey castle here, with a well preserved ring keep, but that's not at all relevant to this web site. The area where the castle is built is not widely recognised as having prehistoric providence, but having visited a number of times I inclined to think there's a strong possibility that it was built on an existing Iron Age settlement. I base this theory on the unusually large size of the bailey in proportion to the motte.

In the book Saints and Stones (ISBN 1-84323-124-7) Davies and Eastham draw similar conclusions, suggesting that the Guise (or Gwis) family built their castle on, "what was probably a rath or Iron Age settlement". I need to do some more reading and see who else shares this idea.
Kammer Posted by Kammer
25th June 2004ce
Edited 25th June 2004ce

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