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Styford Motte, Bywell

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Bywell.
In the historic county of Northumberland.
Modern Authority of Northumberland.
1974 county of Northumberland.
Medieval County of Northumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NZ01556249
Latitude 54.95701° Longitude -1.97731°

Styford Motte, Bywell has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


A large, artificial conical-shaped mound with a strong ditch surrounding on three sides. On the south there is a steep, natural slope to the river valley below. The mound is 5m high on the east, and the summit slopes slightly upwards to 6.6m high on the west. The ditch is deepest and widest on the north where the approach is from higher ground. The whole earthwork has been mutilated by much quarrying. Ridge-and-furrow ploughing runs up to the perimeter of the ditch. There is no apparent outer bank. Situated with a commanding view to ES and W, the earthwork is defensive, and is quite characteristic of a motte (F1 JLD 17-MAY-56).
Styford motte was built in the 12th century, and was the caput of the Bolbec family (Dodds 1999). (PastScape)

Henry I granted the lands here to Walter de Bolbec (d c.1133), which remained with his descendants until 1262. He may have founded the castle. This is one of the suggested sites of the castle of Tiefort, which was mentioned in 1216.
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