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Howe Hill

Hob Uid: 55557
Location :
North Yorkshire
Hambleton
Felixkirk
Grid Ref : SE4673084630
Summary : Earthwork, possibly a Medieval motte or a Bronze Age bowl barrow.
More information : (SE 46738463) Howe Hill (NAT) Motte (NR) (1)

A small motte lies 150 yards S of Felixkirk church with the site of a possible bailey occupied by the vicarage garden to the south. Roads cutting into the mound on three sides have destroyed all traces of a ditch and counterscarp bank. The site has every appearance of a motte and bailey castle but the mutilations make it impossible to be entirely certain. (2)

A motte situated on a spur of high ground some 115.0m ASL. The mound has a maximum height of 4.0m, but because of mutilation, see 2, it is difficult to identify its original limits. The maximum diameter is now 25.0m. The possible bailey, to the S, occupies an area of level ground on the spur, bounded on the W by a steep slope about 5.0m high. No earthworks could be found. On the E a road cutting with a max depth of 5.0m has destroyed any remains of former perimeter features. To the S the land merges into a natural hill ridge and modern development has destroyed any trace of archaeological features.
Motte surveyed at 1:2500 on MSD. (3)

SE 4673 8462. A bowl barrow at Howe Hill 130m SSW of St Felix's Church. Scheduled RSM No 20460. The barrow is 10m in diameter and about 1.5m in height. Any quarry ditch has been infilled over the years, the ditch is estimated by comparison with known examples to be about 2m wide, thus giving the monument a total diameter of 14m. Some recent maps refer to the barrow as a motte, but this description is now considered erroneous. (4)

Listed by Cathcart King (5)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1956
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Source : The Yorkshire archaeological journal
Source details : (W M I'Anson)
Page(s) : 347
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Vol(s) : 22 - 1913
Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 AJT 22-NOV-76
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Source Number : 4
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : English Heritage SAM Record 12-Jan-1993
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Source Number : 5
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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Page(s) : 517
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Vol(s) : Feb-83

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -700
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Bowl Barrow
Evidence : Conjectural Evidence
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 : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : NY 627
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 20460
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SE 48 SE 1
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SE 48 SE 1
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1976-11-22
End Date : 1976-11-22