Access to the Manwarings can be gained via
the public footpath.
The Manwarings in a larger map
Legends say the site was built by marauding Vikings, but it
was probably Norman knights who built it in about 1100 to control the lands they had won from the
English in 1066.
Many of England's great castles began life as forts like
this, made from earth and timber and only rebuilt in stone when the timbers began to
The Manwarings has a central mound, or
motte, encircled by two deep ditches. No traces of buildings have been found, probably because the
buildings were of wood and have completely rotted away.
Fragments of stained glass and clay roof tiles have been
found nearby, suggesting that the buildings were once quite elaborate.
There have been many stone buildings here, but over the
centuries the stone will have been taken away and used elsewhere. The date for the abandonment of
the Manwarings is not known, but we could guess at around 1400.
Other Castles to visit in Linclonshire: Tattershall Castle