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Weardale House Mound, St John's Chapel

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Snap; Ireshopeburn

In the civil parish of Stanhope.
In the historic county of Durham.
Modern Authority of Durham.
1974 county of County Durham.
Medieval County of County Palatinate of Durham.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY87123849
Latitude 54.74121° Longitude -2.20156°

Weardale House Mound, St John's Chapel has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.


(NY 87123849) "Large mound, possible a barrow. Local tradition that 'a King was buried there'." (Annotated Record Map EJW Hildyard April 1955).
A grass and tree covered mound measuring 62 by 40m. overall and with a maximum height of 4m, the near flat top measuring 24 by 14m. A stoney construction is visible in the sides. The dimensions and situation of the mound suggest that it is unlikely to be a tumulus, but more probably a motte. There are no traces of a ditch or bailey (F1 DS 24-JUN-57).
This mound, which is oval in shape and situated at the foot of sloping ground, is not a barrow nor does it resemble a motte. It has the appearance of a natural feature and is not all that different to other slightly smaller elongated undulations to the south east. The stone construction referred to by F1 is modern (F2 BHP 02-OCT-74)
On the basis of the mound's orientation and dimensions Young suggests it may be a long barrow. He further states it is not a spoil heap or a glacial feature (Young). A natural feature with nothing to suggest that it has ever been utilised as a barrow or a motte (F3 ISS 9-OCT-79). (PastScape)

There is no sign of a ditch. Snap Castle is the name of a nearby cottage. The site overlooks a crossing of River Wear. King put this in his possible list (meaning doubtful) but wrote "Probably motte."
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