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Tebay Castle Howe

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Castle How

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY61350509
Latitude 54.43983° Longitude -2.59741°

Tebay Castle Howe has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Earthwork remains of a Medieval motte and bailey castle occupying a long oval hillock of about one and three quarter acres. The motte rises 9ft above the bailey. Traces of a rampart survive on the south side and a ditch between it and the bailey, the east and south sides of which have been much damaged. (PastScape)

Castle Howe, motte and bailey castle, on the S. bank of the Lune, 750 yards N.N.W. of the modern church, covers an area of about 1 acres. The work occupies a long oval hillock with the motte at the N. end. The motte has probably been partly carried away by the river and is now of irregular form and rises only about 9 ft. above the bailey; there are traces of a rampart on the S. side. There is a ditch between it and the bailey, the E. and S. sides of which have been much damaged.
Condition—Bad. (RCHME 1936)

The strategic position of this castle, at the point where the major route through Cumbia crosses the Rives Lune and Birkbeck, is often noted and is worthy of such comment. However the importance of the route has lead to the construction of the M6 motorway in close proximity to the castle and this makes imagining the form of the medieval landscape difficult.
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