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Tebay Greenholme

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Castle Howe, Lower Greenholme

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: NY60060532
Latitude 54.44171° Longitude -2.61733°

Tebay Greenholme has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


Alleged earthwork remains of a motte and bailey castle. Now interpreted as probable natural features. (PastScape)

Castle Howe, earthwork at Lower Greenhowe nearly 1 m. N.W. of the modern church, has been supposed to represent a second castle. All that now remains is a scarp towards the river Lune on the N. and also continued along the W. side of the site. There are no remains of a mound or of any defensive work on the E. and S. (RCHME 1936)

There is now no evidence of a motte and bailey here, although the tradition of 'Castle Howe' persists. The site consists of a spur of ground which rises gradually from the east and terminates to the north and west in steep natural slopes, which presumably have been assumed to be the remains of a bailey similar to Old Tebay (NY 60 NW 4). The whole is under pasture (Field Investigators Comments–F1 BHP 01-APR-74). (PastScape)

Its clear that the site has always been questioned but it should be noted that it is a site near to a crossing of Bretherdale Beck by what would have been the main road (although it is now a minor country lane) so the location might be that of a toll point although it is also suggested as an outpost to Castle Howe. On balance Gatehouse considers this an unlikely castle site.
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