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A defensive bank and ditch, circular or oval in plan, surrounding one or more buildings.


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Term Note
BAILEY The courtyard of a castle, i.e. the area enclosed by the rampart or curtain wall. Use with wider site type where known.
ENCLOSURE An area with defined boundaries. Use specific term where known.
MOTTE A steep-sided artificial mound on which the principal tower of a castle is set.
MOTTE AND BAILEY An early form of castle consisting of a flat-topped, steep-sided earthen mound, supporting a wooden tower, and accompanied by a bailey. Linked Data resource