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Green Castle, Dun Fell

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Greencastle, Dunfell

In the civil parish of Milburn.
In the historic county of Westmorland.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Westmorland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY715313
Latitude 54.67595° Longitude -2.44347°

Green Castle, Dun Fell has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


Hodgson writing in 1820, identified an earthwork at Greencastle on the south side of Dunfell, which was a round enclosure with deep trenches. Possible ringwork. A Roman altar is alleged to have been found there. (PastScape - as medieval circular enclosure/medieval ringwork)

In this manor, near to a place called Green Castle (which is a round fort with deep trenches about it, on the south end of Denfell) was an altar found with this inscription, DEO SILVANO. (Nicholson and Burn 1777)

King writes nothing known of castle mention by Moore as existing in Westmorland; Moore's source being, presumably, Nicholson and Burn. Perriam and Robinson identify this as 'Greencastle' (formerly) in Kirkby Thorpe parish, a round enclosure with deep trenches. Site of find of Roman Altar 'DEO SILVANO' Far from settlement, in area of mining, possibly Romano-british settlement or post medieval. The location does dominate a high pass over Great Dun Fell, but this is not a major route. PastScape does give the possibility of this being a medieval ringwork. A location is on a fell side in an area of high rainfall and, consequently, high erosion rates so site may be eroded away and there seems to be no actually artificial earthworks here now. The castle name may being derive for the Roman or Iron Age remains (possibly a mining camp) although it may be that the 'round fort and deep trenches' was the natural cliffs of the gorge (and a line of sink holes and mining leats?) which the road goes up through and the name may be a reference to an impressive natural feature. This is unlikely to have ever been a medieval fortification.
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