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Woodcroft Castle, Etton

History of Woodcroft Castle

Listed Building

Inhabited fragment of late C13 castle on a moated site, and with additions and alterations. What remains is the west side of the original building with a central gateway and a circular tower at the north end. There was probably a courtyard at the centre and the three other sides and the associated corner towers are no longer standing.

The Rev Dr Michael Hudson, Chaplain to Charles I took part in the defence of the castle against Parliamentary troops in 1649. The incident is illustrated in Bridge’s History of Northamptonshire Vol IV plate LXXX page 508.

See Mike Osborne, Defending Cambridgeshire p.68, for details about the battle here in the Second Civil War.



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