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Kirk Smeaton Castle Hill

In the civil parish of Kirk Smeaton.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of North Yorkshire.
1974 county of North Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Yorkshire West Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: SE520166
Latitude 53.64367° Longitude -1.21483°

Kirk Smeaton Castle Hill has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


Clark, in his list of moated mounds or burhs, records 'Kirk Smeaton.–Castle hill.'

This site may be;
1. SE513183. Castle Hill placename about a mile north of Kirk Smeaton church, in the CP of Stapleton. This was the site of late medieval quarries of fine quality Magnesian limestone (used at Windsor Castle, Westminster Hall and numerous other high status sites across the county) (PastScape 1467009). Despite the Hill part of the name there does not seem to be any identifiable mound, although the site is generally elevated. Nearby by is Castle Farm, a mid C18 building, built partly as an eyecatcher for Stapleton Hall. (North Yorkshire HER NY9762). Is the Castle Hill name a C18 origin? The site has never been in Kirk Smeaton parish.
2. A supposed Roman Encampment, south of the River Went, mentioned, without detail, in some C19 topographic gazetteers. This is not shown on C19 OS maps and no mention of such a site is made by Hunter, the early C19 Yorkshire antiquarian.
As with a number of sites in Clark's list it may be this was a contribution made by a correspondent to Clark who did not really appreciate what Clark meant by a 'moated mound' and Clark was not really in a position to actually check all such suggestions.
Given map reference is for Kirk Smeaton parish church.
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