Gresham Castle

Gresham Castle was another of the of the buildings owned by the Pastons. We will be builing a 3D model of the castle in 2020. Today it remains an isolated site in the middle of a field at Gresham. It is normally inacccessible as it is on private land and generally has a crop growing around it.

Model update:
7th February 2020
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We picked a good day on 7th February to be at Gresham to undertake the drone photography of the site of the castle. We waited an hour or so for the dampness on the foliage to fade and for the sun to be a little higher in the sky; in one respect a mid-June day would be best for the lighting but we wanted to vegetation to be as little as possible, which necessitated a winter visit. The following two weekends brought strong gales across England, so we were fortunate to have got the job done when we did.

Part of the village of Gresham can be seen, with the white building being the former pub the Crown. It is though that the stream supplying the water for the moat flowed from near the Crown towards the castle; we are considering a simple trench to try and establish whether this is a correct interpretation.

Even in the winter the vegetation is considerable and obscures the walls and the moat. The current LIDAR scan of the site shows the walls and the round towers very clearly, so with a combination of the various images and of maps we can be accurate about the location and overall size.

Model update:
7th February 2020
Description:


At the beginning of February our team was at Gresham undertaking drone photography of the castle site as part of the preparation for building a model of the castle later in the year. Whilst they were there, we took the chance to photograph All Saints, Gresham, for a 3D model.

It proved a tricky day, with a strong sun from the south and a deep shade on the north side of the church. The automatic processes of the photogrammetic software couldn't quite handle it - and the trees very close to the church didn't help - so we were obliged to use another part of the program to bring the elements together. However, this hasn't quite worked as smooth as we hoped, so at some point we'll work through the 400 or so photos again to see if we can improve what you see here. But it takes a bit of time!

We'll be hopig to find out more about the relationships betweeen the church and the Pastons. The building is described at All Saints' Church and in Pevsner/Wilson I on page 529. It's interpreted as a late 11th century church with the round tower added in the 12th century. An added fascination is the flint axehead, though to be mesolithic, discovered in the building material of the tower in 1886.


Model update:
8th June 2017
Description:
As part of the Footprints 600 project Paston Heritage Society is working with pupils of the village school at Gresham to explore the Pastons and the story of how Margaret Paston was ejected from her home in Gresham Castle.

Model update:
5th August 2006
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A view of the castle from the road. The flint walls are nearly down to the general field level and the moat continues to surround the site.

Gresham Castle from the road 2006