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Bewerley Castlestead

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SE16586458
Latitude 54.07688° Longitude -1.74808°

Bewerley Castlestead has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are no visible remains.


There is now no visible evidence of any former earthwork at Castlesteads. Reported pottery finds in the vicinity have never been substantiated, and any Roman association with the site appears to be more traditional than factual (F1 RWE 08-AUG-63).
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. (PastScape)

Speight description suggests this was a ringwork rather than a motte. Rather isolated from medieval settlement but this area, high in the Yorkshire Dales, was an area of dispersed settlement and the site may have been central to a dispersed manor, it may also have been close to a medieval mill.
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