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Cotherstone Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Cotterstone; Cuderston; Cutherston; Codrestune; Hallgarth

In the civil parish of Cotherstone.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of Durham.
1974 county of County Durham.
Medieval County of Yorkshire North Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: NZ01331997
Latitude 54.57495° Longitude -1.98092°

Cotherstone Castle has been described as a certain Timber Castle, and also as a probable Masonry Castle.

There are masonry footings remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Earthwork remains of motte with possible bailey, probably founded circa 1090 and licenced in 1201. There are also the remains of a two-winged building which is thought to be a hall of later date. The remains consist of the castle mound, average height 3.4 metres and one fragment of masonry footing 9 metres long. A series of terraces have been constructed across what was probably the bailey. As well as the 'two winged building' there are remains of a formal garden and fishponds. (PastScape)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1201 March 2 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).


Licence granted in 1201. This castle is said by tradition to have been destroyed by the Scots in one of their plundering expeditions, and the fragments of burnt wood which have been dug up on the site may corroborate the story, although such stories are more 'attractive' than the more prosaic and usual accidental fires relatively common in medieval houses with open fires and candles.
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