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SWERFORD CASTLE, OX7 4BA

GETTING THERE

Postcode: OX7 4BA

Lat/Long:  51.977800N 1.459235W

Notes:  Swerford is found off the A461 between Chipping Norton and Banbury. The castle earthworks are found just to the north of St Mary’s church with on-road parking possible in the vicinity. The pedestrian access to the earthworks is sign-posted.

WHAT IS THERE TO SEE?

The mound and earthworks from a twelfth century motte-and-bailey castle. The motte stands around 4 metres tall and the outline of the primary (south) bailey is well preserved with the exception of a small section destroyed by the expansion of the church graveyard. St Mary's Church, parts of which date from the thirteenth century and possibly re-used stone robbed from the castle, is adjacent.

NO OFFICIAL SITE

Accessing Swerford Castle. The remains of the castle can be accessed via a kissing gate to the west of the church.

Swerford Castle Layout. The castle consisted of two baileys although one was a simple enclosure seemingly for a windmill and dovecote. The original gatehouse faced the ford although another may have existed to the east.

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