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Castle Haugh

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Gisburn in Craven; Gisburne; Cromwells Basin; Castle in Craven

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SD82995077
Latitude 53.95275° Longitude -2.26067°

Castle Haugh has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Castle Haugh ringwork, known locally as Cromwell's Basin, occupies the NW end of a tongue of high ground overlooking the River Ribble and commands extensive views to the NE and SE. The monument comprises a circular mound 5-6m high artificially raised above the external ground level. It is surrounded for much of its circumference by a dry ditch 2m deep. An earthen breastwork runs around the summit of the mound on all sides except the W. (Scheduling Report)

on the high bank of the Ribble, is a small and very entire square fort, called Castle-haugh; and near it a barrow, which, being opened, was found to contain a rude earthern urn. (Whitaker)

A small motte, 25 ft. high, with ditch 7 ft. deep and still retaining an earth breastwork around the top, known as Castle Haugh. (VCH)

Possibly the 'castle in Craven' destroyed by King David I in 1151.
Crop/soil marks visible on the Google air photo may suggest a large bailey to the north of the ring-motte, although this does not seem to have been otherwise noted.
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