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Castlestead

Hob Uid: 50662
Location :
North Yorkshire
Harrogate
Bewerley
Grid Ref : SE1658064580
Summary : Oblong mound, now no longer visible, shown on the OS lst edition map of 1854. Traditionally considered to be Roman, but more recently it is regarded as a medieval motte.
More information : [SE 16586458] Castlestead on site of Castlestead Roman Camp, [E.T.] (1)

A rectangular Roman station stood at Castlesteads (2). No foundations were found when a house was built on the site in 1862 (3), but Roman pottery is reported to have been found. (2-4)

There is now no visible evidence of any former earthwork at
Castlesteads. Reported pottery finds in the vicinity have never been substantiated,(a) and any Roman association with the site appears to be more traditional than factual. (5)

Castlestead, shown on OS first edition 6" (1854) as a roughly oblong mound circa 100 by 80 ft. with what appears to be the inner lip of a surrounding ditch on two sides, is postulated by Villy as a Medieval castle mound or motte rather than a supposed Roman fort. Speight, apparently speaking as an eye witness, says that previous to the house there was a mound looking like a large tumulus, the top slightly hollowed and enclosed on all sides by a great agger. (6)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1910.
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Source : The archaeology of Yorkshire
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Page(s) : 135
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Vol(s) : 1933
Source Number : 3
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Nidderdale, 1863, p. 64, (Grainge)
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Source Number : 4
Source : The Yorkshire archaeological journal
Source details : (A. Raistick).
Page(s) : 217
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Vol(s) : 31 - 1933
Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 RWE 08-AUG-63
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Source Number : 5a
Source : Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
Source details : C. E. Hartley (Hon Corr)
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Source Number : 6
Source : The Bradford antiquary
Source details : F Villy
Page(s) : 385-6
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Vol(s) : 30, 1939
Source Number : 6b
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Nidderdale 1894 435 (H Speight)
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Motte
Evidence : Conjectural Evidence
Monument Period Name : Uncertain
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Monument Type : Mound
Evidence : Documentary Evidence

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SE 16 SE 4
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Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SE 16 SE 4
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1963-08-08
End Date : 1963-08-08