Toddington Castle

The castle stands on a mound beside Toddington church - in fact little remains but the mound. Apparently, local legends tell that a witch is imprisoned within the castle mound and that if you put your ear to the ground on Easter you can hear her cooking pancakes!

We are on safer historical ground when it comes to the origins of the castle; it was probably built in the 13th century by Sir Paulinus Pegure. The local name 'Conger Hill' refers to the fact that the motte was used as a rabbit warren in the 16th century.

There are two wide depressions encircling the motte. These were originally thought to be a pair of moats, however it now seems more likely that the outer ditch is actually a later field boundary. The inner moat is entirely authentic, though, and rather impressive, measuring some 30ft wide and 5-6ft deep. The motte stands 18ft above the moat bottom, with a level top about 92ft in diameter.

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Bedfordshire Castles

About Toddington
Address: Toddington, Bedfordshire, England
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: at the north end of Toddington High Street, 8 miles NW of Luton, off the M1 and A5120
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OS: TL011289


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