TQ 114-460 Surrey England
Abinger Motte is an 11th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress, founded by William fitz Ansculf. The motte is partly encased by a wet ditch and the traces of a counterscarp bank but the position of the bailey has been lost. Excavations on the motte by Brian Hope-Taylor in 1949, showed two main phases of occupation, with the manor house built on the probable site of the bailey. In the mottes 11th century phase, a timber structure stood on the top, which was probably a tower, encased by a palisade. In the mid 12th century phase, the top of the mound was raised in height and a palisade of split timbers erected round the edge, encasing a small square tower. In 1273, David de Jarpenvill was holding Abinger Manor and pottery from this period was found in the ditch. 6 miles north-east is Betchworth Castle and 10 miles south at Rudgwick is Broomhall Copse.
Abinger Motte is located in Abinger Common, off Abinger Lane. 11 miles west of Reigate, on the A25.
The site is visible from a public footpath, which passes the castle from the church.
Car parking is by the side of the road.