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Castleton Castle Hill, Danby

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Castleton; Daneby

In the civil parish of Danby.
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: NZ68830816
Latitude 54.46393° Longitude -0.93956°

Castleton Castle Hill, Danby has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Castleton was a motte castle devoid of a bailey. The motte is a horseshoe shape, and measures about 200ft from the north east to southwest by 160ft from north west to south east. The rampart, which carried the stockade, is still perfect on the western summit. On the south west it is enlarged to form a small hillock to bear a small flanking tower commanding the entrance, which was evidently on the site of the present one. This hillock and a similar arrangement which undoubtedly existed on the other side of the entrance is proof that no bailey existed (l'Anson).
The motte has an averaged height of 6.0m on the north side. Modern farm buildings occupy the summit, and there is no surviving evidence of either a keep, or a curtain wall. It projects from the hillside and is encompassed by an evidently dry ditch which embraces at the north east angle, natural scarp forming part of a general declivity on the north and west sides of the motte. The vulnerable south-east side of the site is protected by a strong bank on the counterscarp of the ditch. There is no evidence of a bailey (Field Investigators Comments–F1 RWE 25-JUL-6).
Cathcart King states that Castleton is mentioned in 1242, and notes that VCH records it as as a 'ruined peel' in 1336 (King, 1983).
Excavations in 1988 by S Sherlock on the castle ringwork revealed a series of post-holes and post-pads and a cobbled yard, all of uncertain date (Med. Arch., 1989). (PastScape)

A small mound of uncertain date is visible from Station Road, but the motte in the PastScape record is a large platform, now occupied by a modern house, which is probably better described as a ringwork. This is probably a scarped natural feature.
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