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Castle Levington

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Castle Leavington; Kirk Leavington; Castellemiton; Castel Leveington

In the civil parish of Castlelevington .
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of Stockton on Tees.
1974 county of Cleveland.
Medieval County of Yorkshire North Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: NZ461103
Latitude 54.48596° Longitude -1.28991°

Castle Levington has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Castle Leavington. A very fine motte, placed at an angle of a steep bluff, the ground to the west being a level plateau, on which no signs of an attached bailey can be seen. The earthen breastwork round the top, enclosing an area of 0.5 acres, is in good condition, and retains its entrance on the south, and its inner platform. The outer slope of the motte is slightly flattened except on the south east and the ditch completely surrounds it. The manor was given to Robert de Brus early in the 12th century but by 1274 only the motte remained. (VCH)

The motte is in a good state of preservation and has been surveyed at 1:2500. The description by VCH remains correct except that the outer ditch does not surround the entire mound but only extends from the north west, south west and south east quadrant giving added protection from the level plateau on the west. The remainder of the motte on the north east is protected by very steep natural ground rising from the River Leven. (PastScape ref. Field Investigators Comments–F1 RL 24-AUG-62)

Castle Leavington, a large and fine ringwork. (King and Alcock)

This description makes it clear this was a ringwork, rather than a motte, timber castle, despite the use of the term motte.
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