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Thorp Arch Castle Hill

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Thorpe Arch; Castle of De Arches

In the civil parish of Thorp Arch.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of Leeds.
1974 county of West Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Yorkshire Ainsty & York.

OS Map Grid Reference: SE43174600
Latitude 53.90837° Longitude -1.34434°

Thorp Arch Castle Hill has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


possible motte now built over (King)

Close to the park gates {of Thorp Arch Hall} is a large rocky mound-like eminence which I gather is the site of the manor house of Thorp Arch. The site is known as the "old Castle" and is now occupied by the waterworks-tower". (Speight)

No traces of a former building occur at this site. The large mound referred to above, is natural. (PastScape ref. Field Investigators Comments F1 RL 07-MAY-63)

Marked 'Castle (site of)' on 1891 OS map. The location at one end of a village with the church at the other is not untypical for a manorial centre with Thorparch Hall being a later replacement away from the village within the demense land and park. The use of a natural mound as a foci for a manorial centre is not unknown (cf. Y Gaer, Manor Pound, Maenclochog), however if there was a manor house near the mound it did not leave visible features. The castle name may have come from this being the site of a manorial centre or from years as a centre of children playing 'king of the castle'. The small size of the manor, the lack of artificial remains and the lack of medieval documentary evidence suggest it is most unlikely this was the location of a castle.
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