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Caxton Moats 5923

Brief Description

Features of Caxton Moats include mounds and ditches.


The history of Caxton Moats is disputed, although it is thought that the earthen castle and its moats were created in the 1140s.

Detailed Description

The only horticultural interest lies in the arrangement of low mounds and ditches to the south-east, locally nicknamed ‘the Asparagus Beds’. Their actual purpose is unknown although they are likely to be much later than the castle.
  • Artificial Mound
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  • Ditch
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Civil Parish

  • Caxton

Detailed History

The date and function of this earthen castle with its moats, barbican and outworks, have been a matter of some dispute. It is probably a temporary fortification, built in the 1140s to block the old Caxton and Eltisley road during the revolt led by Geoffrey de Mandeville.


  • Medieval (1066-1540)
  • 12th Century


  • Cambridgeshire Gardens Trust