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Ravenstone Moat

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY719045
Latitude 54.43473° Longitude -2.43407°

Ravenstone Moat has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


Moated site or motte with gate. Since the manor was in the hands of absentee monastic landlords from the reign of Henry II, it seems that this site represents the pre-1150 manor house. (PastScape ref. Perriam and Robinson)

Ravenstone Moat
NY 719 045
Higham 1976: Plan. Moated with gate '... hitherto unrecorded... since the manor was in the hands of absentee monastic landlords from the reign of Henry II, it seems that this site represents the pre-1150 manor house...'
No excavtion report found (Perriam and Robinson 1998)

Gatehouse feels it is questionable (i.e. doubtful) that this was the site of a motte castle. It is clearly a manorial centre of some sort but the earthworks pictured by Matthew Emmott and visible of the aerial photo look like fishponds, rather than a moat. The site needs proper investigation by a field archaeologist. If these are fishponds then they will date to after 1150 although the manorial site will have an earlier origin. Possibly Perriam and Robinson were writing about some other earthworks nearby (considerable amounts of a park pale survive to the north and some tumuli are also marked) which may now be lost to the major road embanking.
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