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Linglands Castle, Cloughton

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Linglands Farm; Castlebeck

In the civil parish of Cloughton.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of North Yorkshire.
1974 county of North Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Yorkshire North Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: SE98759693
Latitude 54.35834° Longitude -0.48190°

Linglands Castle, Cloughton has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


Possible motte ploughed out before 1967. Castlebeck place-names in the area. (Jackson)

Situation: The site lies c. 540m north of Linglands Farm, at the base of the scarp forming the edge of Cloughton Moor.
Preservation: The site is preserved as an earthwork under permanent pasture.
Description: The feature comprises a bowl-shaped mound entirely surrounded by a dry ditch. Despite common interpretation as a possible motte, its situation in a landscape abounding with tumuli renders identification problematic, the feature seeming more likely to be a barrow. (Creighton 1998)

Moated mound of uncertain date located 540m north of Linglands Farm. Now descheduled. (PastScape)

Not an obvious manorial centre, no nearby settlement. Site on hill top. This is an area of numerous bronze age barrows (several dozen are shown on the 1st edition 6" OS map with a mile). Was probably lost before Creighton wrote his description, which will have been based on old OS archaeological record card. Possible castle according to King, although he clearly had serious doubts about this site. Lost now so impossible to be certain but most likely to have been a pre-historic burial mound unusual in preserving its surrounding ditch as a clear feature.
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