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.