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Collinson's Castle

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY45913797
Latitude 54.73376° Longitude -2.84144°

Collinson's Castle has been described as a Uncertain but is rejected as such.

There are no visible remains.


There were until lately at Upper Row, on Hutton Common, the vestiges of Collinson Castle, an ancient fortification about 100yds square, with a ditch 30ft wide, and a trench 4ft deep. Several hand mill stones have been found here, but no record or tradition has yet pointed out the erection or demolition of the building. (Mannix & Whellan 1847)

At Upper Row, on Hutton Commnon, are the vestiges of Collinson Castle, an ancient square fortification, each side about 100 yards. The remaining trench is about four feet deep, and 30 wide. Near it is an excellent spring, still called Collinson's Well. No tradition remains concerning the erection, the demolition, or the intention of this building, except that it was a place of refuge in perilous times. Here has been found several hand mill-stones, 13 or 14 inchs diameter. There is a tradition, that King Charles marched his army by this road, and drank at this well. (Hutchinson)

Mentioned in Jacksons reject list as site of 'ancient square fortification'. Marked on 6' OS map of 1867. Possibly a Roman camp, unlikely to be medieval, as isolated and not a focus for medieval routes.
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