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Piercebridge

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Carlbury

In the civil parish of High Coniscliffe.
In the historic county of Durham; County Palatinate of.
Modern Authority of Durham.
1974 county of County Durham.

OS Map Grid Reference: NZ21881601
Latitude 54.53889° Longitude -1.66333°

Piercebridge has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.

Description

Butler suggests a low mound here is a potential castle site. Gatehouse is not certain as to what Butler is referring but suspects, based on the sketch map in the article, he might mean a mound described as "Probable Bronze Age round barrow surviving as a plough-reduced earthwork. Slightly elongated mound, probably a large bowl barrow, measuring 38.5m in north to south diameter and 3m high and 42m in east to west diameter and 1.7m high, with no visible ditch" This seems a very unlikely castle site as it would be easier to build a castle within the Roman fort of Piercebridge where a settlement did exist and which was better sited to control the medieval crossing. (NB The Roman bridge, of which some remains survive, was not the medieval crossing site)
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This record last updated on Saturday, September 20, 2014

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