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Bentham Moor Motte

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Faccon Farm; Fackon House

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SD66597157
Latitude 54.13888° Longitude -2.51271°

Bentham Moor Motte has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.


The following features were mapped from poor quality air photographs:- Potential Medieval motte, seen as earthworks. Morphological description: one medium size (4-15m), amorphous feature. Centred at:-SD 6659 7157 (Morph No. NY.1210.19.1) Potential Medieval bailey, seen as earthworks. Morphological description: an incomplete, rectangular enclosure, 30m by 30m, defined by 1 ditch and 1 bank, with 3 sides visible. Centred at:-SD 6662 7157 (Morph No. NY.1210.19.2) (PastScape)

Fackon House (now called Faccon Farm) is next to site overlooking possible crossing point of River Greta. Site is not an obvious manorial centre. Area of many small old coal pits and many small mounds in area. The supposed ditch may be an old water course. The supposed motte is not separated from the supposed bailey by a ditch, as one might expect. Close proximity of old coal pits and lack of visible settlement make this site doubtful.
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