Other earthworks in the county have also been
suggested as possible remains of motte and bailey castles. Many thanks to
Philip Davis for the following details:
at Oare Common (506733)
Two incomplete curvilinear ditched enclosures survive as earthworks in
the woods on Oare Common in Chieveley
parish. One of the enclosures is defined by a ditch
which describes an arc, 120m long and encloses an area which measures 55m
across. A ditch, measuring 90m long, is situated to the north of the
enclosure and may be an outwork. The other enclosure encloses a
curvilinear area which measures 60m by 40m. The date of these features is
unclear. They could be of late prehistoric date but it has been suggested
that they represent the remnants of a Medieval ring motte and bailey.
Rejected by the indomitable David Cathcart King as an Iron Age hillfort.
King did try to visit every castle in England and Wales and whilst he is
not infallible his opinion deserves great respect.
at Finchampstead (792644)
Recorded in the National Sites & Monuments Record as a mound 13m in
diameter and 0.2m high. Variously interpreted as either a Bell Barrow,
Medieval Motte or Post Medieval Gun Emplacement. It is doubtful that it is
at Shellingford Manor (319935)
King reports this as a possible, if somewhat unlikely, castle site. The
National Sites & Monuments Record records it as the site of a 16th
century manor house, but it could have earlier occupation.
at Abingdon (503984)
King mentions this as a possible castle. The National Sites &
Monuments Record describes it as "Site of an earthwork of uncertain
age or function on the upper Oxford Road, Abingdon. The siting agrees with
an earthwork called `Serpenhills' by Leland in the 16th century. North of
the FitzHarris motte in an area
called Northcourt." This was supposedly the site of a 9th century
battle between the Saxons & the Danes and may represent the remains of
Wallingford Siege Castle
at St Peter's Church in Wallingford (609896)
Derek Renn suggests the mound here as a possible siege work of Wallingford
Castle dating from 1140. It is not mentioned in the National Sites
& Monuments Record. Philip Davis believes it is probably a spoil heap
associated with the rebuilding of the church in the 18th century.
at Mitchell Copse, Woolley Farm, Chaddleworth (407796)
Probable Medieval ring work visible as a cropmark, measuring 46m in
diameter and mapped from aerial photographs. A collection of 12th century
pottery has been found on the site.
References: David J Cathcart King's 'Castellarium
Anglicanum' & Derek F Renn's Norman 'Castles of Britain'.