Peterborough Castle

Peterborough Castle
Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England
Peterborough Castle
Coordinates grid reference TL194987
Type Motte and bailey
Site information
Condition Earthworks only survive

Peterborough Castle, also known as Mount Thorold and Touthill, was a medieval motte and bailey castle in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England.


Peterborough Castle was built by Abbot Thorold of Peterborough, a Norman appointed to the post by William the Conqueror.[1] A motte and bailey design was erected close to the cathedral, in what is now the Dean's garden.[2] Thorold built the castle to protect himself against the monks in the cathedral, during the turbulent post-conquest period.[3] The castle was destroyed by the 12th century abbot, Martin de Bec.[3]

Today only the motte survives of the castle and is now between ten and twelve metres high.[3] The castle has scheduled monument status.[3]

See also



  1. Armitage, p.185.
  2. Armitage, p.186.
  3. 1 2 3 4 Mount Thorold, Peterborough, Gatehouse website, accessed 21 May 2011. Archived October 10, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.

Coordinates: 52°34′23″N 0°14′23″W / 52.5730°N 0.2396°W / 52.5730; -0.2396

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