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Huddersfield Hill House

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Castle Hill; Ark Hill

In the civil parish of Huddersfield.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of Kirklees.
1974 county of West Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Yorkshire West Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: SE14231801
Latitude 53.65839° Longitude -1.78603°

Huddersfield Hill House has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.


Earthwork remains of a possible Medieval or earlier motte and bailey castle. A field inspection in 2004 supports the possibly that this is a motte and bailey castle with the bailey extending to the north. Beacon Street marks the line of the western rampart as the ground to its west is 2-3 metres lower. Its northern extent is probably marked by a break of slope between the rear of 2 King Cliffe Road and Hill House Methodist Church. The eastern extent is less clear but is possibly marked by Old Halifax Road. The mound survives to minimum height of 5 metres, but it has been truncated on all sides except for its frontage onto Beacon Street. This area, however, has been masked by soil dumping. The mound is tree covered and has the footings of a small brick building, possibly a greenhouse, on its southern flank. A section dug into the mound revealled a double rock cut ditch, remnants of a palisade wall and timber revetting. (PastScape)

The motte at Huddersfield Hill House on Beacon Street has also shown these constructional layers. The motte at Hill House also revealed evidence for a palisade wall around its crown and a timber revetment against its side. These are features which would indicate the castle in Huddersfield is very likely to have resembled the highly decorated examples shown on the Bayeaux Tapestry. (Constable, 2007)

Despite being surrounded by C19/C20 development the motte survives reasonably well, the general area of the bailey is easily seen and the generally topography of the site, with views down to the Huddersfield, is of interest.
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