Waytemore Castle Bishop's Stortford
TL 490-215 Hertfordshire England
Waytemore Castle is a late 11th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress, founded by King William I. Standing on low marshy ground on the east bank of the River Stort, the large oval motte supports fragments of a 12th century shell keep, which contains two sunken chambers. South of the motte, the bailey formed a roughly pentagonal enclosure but its encasing wet ditches have been heavily altered into narrow waterways with stone revetments. The castle was granted to Maurice, Bishop of London by 1086 and then possibly seized and dismantled in 1137 during the Anarchy in the reign of King Stephen. Repaired in 1213-4 by King John, the site was probably reoccupied in 1346, when King Edward III issued Ralph Stratford, Bishop of London a Royal licence to crenellate Storteford. 3 miles north-east is Mountfitchet Castle Stansted and 14 miles west is Benington Castle.