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Oxford in Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
 

The Motte and Bailey

 
 
The Motte and Bailey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 8, 2018
1. The Motte and Bailey Marker
Inscription.
The Motte and Bailey

Oxford Castle was built in 1071 by Robert d'Oilly who had accompanied William the Conqueror from Normandy to England in 1066. The Castie was surrounded by a moat from which material came to form both a high Mound or Motte and the ramparts of an eastern defended courtyard or Bailey. The Mound was the Castle's strong point on top of which was a stone tower or Keep whose vaulted well chamber and well still survive. Within the Bailey stand St. George's Tower, the 18th century Prison buildings and the 19th century County Hall, whose predecessor was known as The Sessions House.
This is a scheduled ancient monument and an important historic feature. Please treat it with respect.
For access to the Mound or to take a tour of the Castle, visit the admissions desk located in the Oxford Castle Unlocked gift shop.

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“The Tower upon ye round hill “ (Christ Church archive) Copy of an early 17th century plan of Oxford Castle showing the Motte (Mound) and Bailey (Courtyard) surrounded by the Castle Ditch and the ten-sided tower on top of the Motte.
 
Erected by The Oxford Preservation Trust.
 
Location. 51° 45.117′ N, 1° 15.756′ 
The Motte and Bailey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 8, 2018
2. The Motte and Bailey Marker
W. Marker is in Oxford, England, in Oxfordshire. Marker can be reached from the intersection of New Road and Oxford Castle, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Located at Oxford Castle. Marker is in this post office area: Oxford, England OX1 1ND, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Archaeology, the Castle Ditch (here, next to this marker); Prison Governor’s House (here, next to this marker); The Perimeter Wall (a few steps from this marker); Vaulted Well Chamber (within shouting distance of this marker); Prison Debtors’ Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); Old County Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Oxford Castle (within shouting distance of this marker); Prison D Wing (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oxford.
 
Also see . . .
1. Oxford Castle & Prison. (Submitted on October 5, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Oxford Castle on Wikipedia. (Submitted on October 5, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
The Motte and Bailey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 8, 2018
3. The Motte and Bailey Marker
The Motte (Mound) is behind the marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 5, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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