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Paull Holme Motte

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Paull.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of East Riding of Yorkshire.
1974 county of Humberside.
Medieval County of Yorkshire East Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: TA18322487
Latitude 53.70691° Longitude -0.20891°

Paull Holme Motte has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are uncertain remains.


The hill {Holme Hill} is probably one hundred feet high, a considerable elevation for Holderness, upon which an artificial mound seems to have been raised, in an oval shape, to which tradition has assigned an observatory, for the purpose of communication with Thornton Abbey, in Lincolnshire. (Poulson 1841)


Both King and Jean le Patourel suggest the existence of a motte, taking Clark and the VCH as sources, although King is tentative. Clark may not have visited the site and may have listed it from correspondence from a person who may not have understood Clarks concept of the 'moated mound'. This appears to be a small mound upon which a trig column has been erected. This does not have the quality of a motte and Poulson's description does not suggest it as such. The earthworks marked on the OS map are gravel pits which, in fact, are rather more extensive than shown on the map. Some other small features may relate to the 2nd World War when this area was laid out as an air raid decoy site. The feature 55m NW of the trig column is a Cold War nuclear fallout Royal Observer Corps Monitoring Post. No mention of a motte is made in Dennison's comprehensive survey of Paull Tower.
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