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Frizington motte

In the civil parish of Arlecdon And Frizington.
In the historic county of Cumberland.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Cumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY03951600
Latitude 54.53145° Longitude -3.48467°

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

There are no visible remains.


Supposed motte now considered destroyed.
Curwen merely says 'on the Roman road from Egremont to Cockermouth'.
Curwen gives no source.
Collingwood includes this in his inventory but with a question mark.
Jackson states 'I have been unable to trace this site of find any record of it and may be that it was a spoil mound from an old quarry since removed.'
Evidence seems too slight to consider. (Perriam and Robinson 1998)

Gatehouse believes that Curwen probably was able to tell a spoil heap from a motte (although D.J.C. King does write that Curwen was 'no authority on earthworks'), although such errors do occur. Curwen source may have been Jefferson 1849. Certainly this area has hundreds of spoil heaps and something about this mound must have been different to Curwen. Frizlington does not seem to be an ancient village but a relatively modern place constructed to serve iron ore quarries and mines. The modern village centre is rather north of the focus of dwellings on the 1867 OS map. The Roman road did not follow the line of the modern road. The 1900 OS map show the line of the Roman road running for a short length across a field SW of Frizington Parks (NY039160) where a vague circular feature, with a rectangular feature within, can be seen on the air photo. This does not seem to be a quarry feature, but is most likely a pure artifice. The general location would seem unlikely for a castle but numerous 'park' place-names suggest something of high status in this area.
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