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Mirfield Castle Hall Hill

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Mirfield.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of Kirklees.
1974 county of West Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Yorkshire West Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: SE21102044
Latitude 53.68004° Longitude -1.68192°

Mirfield Castle Hall Hill has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Castle Hall Hill motte and bailey castle is situated adjacent to the nineteenth century parish church of St.Mary in Mirfield. The bailey is occupied by the church and its graveyard, both of which are in current ecclesiastical use, and this area is not at present included in the scheduling. The motte, which would have carried a timber keep, is a conical mound c.10m high and with a diameter of c.20m surrounded by a ditch c.8m wide and 5m deep. On the east side the ditch is divided by a causeway which joined the motte to the bailey where ancillary and garrison buildings would have stood along with pens for stock and horses. The castle was built between 1086 and 1159 either by Svein son of Alric or by Adam his son. Its purpose was to oversee some of the estates of the Honour of Pontefract of which these two men were successively the most powerful knights. After Adam's death without male heirs in 1159, the estate was divided and the castle reduced in status. It was not abandoned, however, and was known as the castle of Mirfield throughout the Middle Ages. (Scheduling Report)

Cleared of trees in spring 2012. The motte appears to be constructed of roughly dumped course stone rubble but is, nevertheless, steep sided. The C19 parish church by Gilbert Scott stands in the bailey but the tower of the original medieval church survives and stand nearby but just outside the line of the castle's bailey. The is a strong local tradition this was the site of an Anglo-Saxon Hall.
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