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Aikton Castle, Great Salkeld

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Little Salkeld; Scatterbeck

In the civil parish of Great Salkeld.
In the historic county of Cumberland.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Cumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY548380
Latitude 54.73529° Longitude -2.70347°

Aikton Castle, Great Salkeld has been described as a Uncertain although is doubtful that it was such.

There are masonry footings remains.


The site of an ancient castle in a small wood near Scatterbeck. There is a quantity of stones scattered about, but nothing that could be shown on a plan. No information can be obtained as to what period it belongs. (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Object Name Book)
Aikton Castle, named in 1794 (Hutchinson), is situated a quarter of a mile from Salkeld Dyke, and comprises only dry+walled foundations. (Armstrong)(Jefferson)
The site occupies an elevated but non-defensive position and falls in a small plantation. It consists of a complex of collapsed and turf-covered wall foundations, which testify to the former existence of a substantial building but do not form any coherent ground plan. (Surveyed at 1:2500).
There appears to have been no associated earthworks. (F1 BHP 15-AUG-72)
Jackson is dismissive of this site as a defensive structure. Only excavation will determine the nature of the site. (Perriam and Robinson). (PastScape)

Dismissed by Jackson. Called vanished moat by Salter. In Mannix & Whellan, History, Gazetteer and Directory of Cumberland, 1847 it is described as 'a fortified station, called Aikton castle, formed of rough stones, without mortar'. Recorded in Cumbria HER as earthworks of Iron Age and Roman settlement.
Seems highly unlikely as a medieval site but clearly an interesting site that deserves proper investigation.
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