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West Witton Penhill Beacon

In the civil parish of West Witton.
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: SE05468674
Latitude 54.27628° Longitude -1.91764°

West Witton Penhill Beacon has been described as a Pele Tower but is rejected as such.

There are masonry footings remains.


Mentioned by Leland as "the ruine of a castlet or pill in the toppe of an hill" Rejected by King as a probable beacon site.

Penhill Beacon, situated on the edge of Penhill Crags is a turf-covered flat topped mound, about 10.0m in diameter and 1.0m high. In the centre of the mound are traces of stone block walling approximately 5.0m square, which may have been the stone base for a beacon. The mound is covered in burnt debris from the 1977 Jubilee bonfire which supports the beacon tradition. (PastScape ref. Field Investigators Comments–F1 AGM 17-AUG-77)

It seems possibly that the site was used as a beacon in 1588 but Leland saw something here 50 years before that date. The hill top site is one that would well suit a beacon, and little else. It may be that the beacon keeper had a small habitation, which may have taken the form of a tower, although hardly likely to be a fortification.
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