Laxton Castle


Laxton Castle in January 2006.
For many years it was characterised by a leaning tree, which was removed for safety reasons in November 2005

One of the most visited features of the Laxton landscape is its motte and bailey castle, which stands to the north of the village. It is a feature of interest to a wide range of people from tourists to scholars and has been the subject of much research.

The summit of the castle affords panoramic views of the open fields, the surrounding woods and villages and as far afield as Lincoln cathedral and features in most tours of the village. It is believed to have been added after the original construction as a viewing platform.

The castle consists of an inner and outer bailey, which were secure areas surrounded by stockade fencing. Simple dwellings were constructed in this area where the livestock was also kept. The inner area was cultivated in small plots which provided food for the community. Another source of food was fish and below the castle to the north west the remains of fish ponds can be seen. The motte was the most secure part of the construction with a tower occupying the highest point. The Lord of the Manor resided in this area.

The three gabled manor house was built in the inner bailey after the decline of the castle as a defensive structure. The 1635 map by Mark Pierce shows dovecotes, brew houses and orchards in the same area.