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Ellenthorpe Castle Banks

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SD824498
Latitude 53.94392° Longitude -2.26976°

Ellenthorpe Castle Banks has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


Castle Banks, Ellenthorpe. The place-name is recorded on the mid C19 Tithe Apportionment Schedules, and refers to a somewhat abraded motte on a bluff above the north bank of the Ribble, a short distance upstream of a crossing point. It would seem to be the other half of a 'dual system', linked with Castle Haugh. (PastScape ref. Higham)

Higham was providing evidence to assert a particular hypothesis and may well have over stated the evidence here. No field archaeologist or other castle studies expert has identified this river bank buff as a castle site and Higham's 'abraded motte' may well be natural. The 'castle banks' place name may refer to a demense holding of Castle Haugh or just to the motte like topography of the site. However, this could well be the site of a river crossing and Higham's hypothesis, that a sort lived and small taxation point castle was here, may well deserve investigation.
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