Hyssington Motte

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Hyssington Church and Motte and Bailey. CPAT 85-c-0158

Hyssington Church and Motte and Bailey. CPAT 85-c-0158

Hyssington’s story began with Picrite.  This hard rock, which outcrops near the village, was used to make axe hammers during the Bronze Age. The Normans first put Hyssington on the map recording it as ‘Hussa’s town’ (Husinton) in 1227.  Hussa may have been the Norman lord but the motte and bailey castle is likely to have been built before his time.  The motte’s placement next to the church signifies that Hyssington was once a place of importance.  The castle, with its visible foundations, and heavily restored church are worth a visit.

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