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Monument Number 52333

Hob Uid: 52333
Location :
North Yorkshire
Richmondshire
Catterick
Grid Ref : SE2395098040
Summary : Mound identified as the motte for a small motte and bailey castle within Catterick village. Possibly adapted from a natural hillock or a prehistoric round barrow. It was probably built as an adulterine castle during the reign of Stephen (1135-1154), in order to control the Great North Road which passed immediately to the east. The top of the steep-sided mound measures roughly 12 metres by 7 metres and there is some evidence for stone footings surviving below the turf. The bailey to the south west is now occupied by the church and churchyard.
More information : (SE 23959804) Tumulus (NR). (1)

A round barrow 20m in diameter and 4m high, surmounting the remains of a natural knoll. Published survey (25") correct. (2)

(SE 240980). Possible adulterine castle at Catterick, which looks like a typical motte and bailey. The supposed motte (published by the OS as a tumulus) known as Palet Hill lies north of the church with the triangular bailey, which is defended by steep natural slopes with a large ditch to the west now occupied by the churchyard. I'Anson considers that if a castle did exist it was probably founded by Count Alan the Black of Richmond and dismantled soon after peace was restored (in 1154) thus accounting for its absence in written records. MacLauchlan says that the churchyard seems to have formed the interior of an ancient camp, with Palet Hill a later addition, while Camden terms the mound a high hill or keep and refers to traces of outworks. (3-5)

Listed by Cathcart King. (6)

SE 23959804. Mound identified as the motte for a small motte and bailey castle within Catterick village. Possibly adapted from a natural hillock or a prehistoric round barrow. It was probably built as an adulterine castle during the reign of Stephen (1135-1154), and controlled the Great North Road which passed immediately to the east. The top of the steep-sided mound measures roughly 12 metres by 7 metres and there is some evidence for stone footings surviving below the turf. The bailey to the south west is now occupied by the church and churchyard. Scheduled. (7)

The motte is visible on air photographs as a mutilated earthwork centred at SE 2395 9804. The possible outline of the bailey has been inferred from the layout of the extant buildings. notwithstanding historic modifications to these features they appear to be upstanding on Google Earth photography. (8-9)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" map, 1930
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigator, RE, 08-DEC-1971
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Source Number : 3
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Camden's Britannia, 1806, Vol. 3, p.336 (edited by R. Gough)
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Source : The Archaeological Journal
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Source Number : 5
Source : The Yorkshire archaeological journal
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Source Number : 5A
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Richmondshire (Longstaff)
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Source Number : 6
Source : Castellarium anglicanum : an index and bibliography of the castles in England, Wales and the Islands. Volume II : Norfolk-Yorkshire and the islands
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Source Number : 7
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 22-Dec-03
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Source Number : 8
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR RAF/CPE/UK1884 4010 06-DEC-1946
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Source Number : 9
Source : World Wide Web page
Source details : HTTP://EARTH.GOOGLE.COM ACCESSED 19-NOV-2008
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
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Monument Type : Round Barrow
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : 1135-1154
Monument End Date : 1154
Monument Start Date : 1135
Monument Type : Motte And Bailey, Adulterine Castle
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 34729
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SE 29 NW 8
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SE 29 NW 8
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1971-12-08
End Date : 1971-12-08
Associated Activities : Primary, PALLET HILL
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 1983-01-01
End Date : 1983-12-31