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Remains of Benington Castle (In Grounds of the Lordship 15 Metres to South East of House), Benington

Description: Remains of Benington Castle (In Grounds of the Lordship 15 Metres to South East of House)

Grade: I
Date Listed: 24 November 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 159599

OS Grid Reference: TL2968023633
OS Grid Coordinates: 529680, 223633
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8962, -0.1167

Location: 5 Church Green, Benington, Hertfordshire SG2 7LH

Locality: Benington
Local Authority: East Hertfordshire District Council
County: Hertfordshire
Country: England
Postcode: SG2 7LH

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There is also a scheduled monument, Benington Castle: a Motte and Bailey Castle West of Church Green, at the same location as this building or very close to it. This may be related in some way or possibly a different name for the same structure.

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Listing Text

(north side)

11/11 Remains of
Benington Castle
(in grounds of the
24.11.66 Lordship 15m to SE
of house)


Ruined keep of medieval ringwork castle. 1130's for the de
Valognes family, slighted in 1176/7 by Henry II, garrisoned again
in 1192/3, destroyed 1212 after Robert Fitz Walter was outlawed.
Flint rubble walls 7 - 8 ft thick with some herringbone-coursed
flint facing and oolitic limestone quoins and plinth offset of
dressed stone with diagonal tooling, exposed on exterior N wall.
A small square stone tower about 44 feet x 41 feet with pilaster
buttresses at the middle and ends of each face. A small square
NE annexe may be original. Demolition involved removal of one
side entirely. S wall is reduced to footings and W wall ends at
a door jamb. Other walls stand to some 9 foot. A fallen mass of
masonry lies on the NE annexe and an imitation Norman doorway was
inserted c1842. Of unusual interest. Ancient Monument. (RCHM
(1911) 51-2: VCH (1912) 73-4: Pevsner (1977) 94: Renn D Medieval
Castles in Hertfordshire Chichester (1971) 7, 14).

Listing NGR: TL2968023633

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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