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Beckfoot Castlefield

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Mawbray Castle, Bibra

In the civil parish of Holme St Cuthbert.
In the historic county of Cumberland.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Cumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY08964884
Latitude 54.82610° Longitude -3.41859°

Beckfoot Castlefield has been described as a Bastle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


Here is a place called Castlefields, said to have been the site of an ancient fortress, which is generally understood to have been one of the partially fortified farm-houses of the monastery. (Whellan 1860)

Supposed bastle but probably a Roman Fort. Whellan writes 'said to have been the site of an ancient fortress, which is generally understood to have been one of the partially fortified farmhouses of the monastery of Holm Cultram'. (Perriam and Robinson)

Jackson does not mention the possible bastle (they are not generally included in his castles book) but does mention Roman fort, once locally called 'Mawbray Castle'.
This is clearly the site of a Roman fort and the castle place-names clearly refer to Roman remains. The site was excavated in 1879-80 but is not likely to have paid significant attention to late medieval remains, so this does not exclude the presence of a bastle (built of easily available stone) using the Roman fort as a barmkin.
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