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Pennington Eller Barrow

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Coninger Wood; Ella-barrow

In the civil parish of Pennington.
In the historic county of Lancashire.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Lancashire North of the Sands.

OS Map Grid Reference: SD26507744
Latitude 54.18745° Longitude -3.12783°

Pennington Eller Barrow has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


A tumulus shaped like an 'inverted vessel' situated c. half a mile SE of Castle Hill (SD 27 NE 13) measuring 400 ft in circumference with a maximum height of 50 ft. West described the field called Ellabarrow as "a name probably obtained from a large tumulus or artificial mount now covered with trees ..... which has perhaps been formed with materials brought from a large excavation in the field...." (Cowper).
An elongated turf covered mound in the form of a long barrow has a modern bank encircling its base, obliterating any possible ditch or retaining circle. The orientation and shape of the mound make it suspect as a barrow and possibly indicates a natural or industrial feature (F1 FDC 16-JUN-58).
The position of the mound, overlooked on three sides, further supports a non-antiquity classification but its appearance is certainly artificial - probably a spoil mound (F2 FRH 17-JAN-67).

Jackson writes has been considered a motte. Nothing about the current form of the mound is suggestive of a motte. While it is only 200m from the parish church it is not a focus for routes. Can be dismissed as a motte, or any form of medieval residential site, on morphological grounds.
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