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Coanwood Castle Hill

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY67675858
Latitude 54.92088° Longitude -2.50602°

Coanwood Castle Hill has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.


Site of a probable motte of the Scottish ridge or promontory type partly removed by the construction of a railway. On the north east and east sides a ditch measuring 26m in width and having a maximum depth of 10m has been cut across the lower slopes forming a defensive area. A signal station is also thought to have been present on Castle Hill. (PastScape)

A signal station upon CASTLE HILL, rectangular in shape, but only 35 yards by 24. On three sides it is defended by steep escarpments; on the east and partly on the south, it is cut off from the main land by a ditch 60 feet wide by 25 deep (Hodgson 1840).
CASTLE HILL is a natural flat-topped knoll, the greater part of which has been removed by the construction of a railway. On the north-east and east sides, a ditch measuring 26.0m. in width and having a maximum depth of 10.0m. has been cut across the lower slopes forming a defensive area. There are no traces of an entrance or causeway across the ditch. The feature is probably a Motte of the Scottish ridge or promontory type (F1 ASP 22-NOV-56).
Correctly described, but in poor condition (F2 RWE 14-SEP-66). (PastScape)

A natural mound, which has been converted for defensive purposes possibly in medieval times. A steep slope naturally protects three sides of the mound, while one side has had an enormous ditch constructed to protect it. Much of the site has been damaged by the construction of a railway. (Keys to the Past)

Very damaged. Recorded by King as a 'possible' site meaning he had considerable doubt about the site.
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