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Liversedge Castle Hill

In the civil parish of Batley and Liversedge.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of Kirklees.
1974 county of West Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Yorkshire West Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: SE20952462
Latitude 53.71755° Longitude -1.68394°

Liversedge Castle Hill has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are no visible remains.


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

SE21252480. C19 field and house names contain place name elements which may indicate former status as defended site. Additionally there are C14 and C15 documentary references to a messuage called Castel or Castel House. Situated on south-facing spur. Area still largely open ground.
Site visit by Ian Sanderson (WYAAS) in October 1998. There is a pronounced knoll to the south of Castle House which has a very steep scarp to the west and south – this is the Gomersal/Liversedge township boundary- and appears to be the line of a fault (drift sheet 77). The eastern edge of the area appears to be defined by the remains of a low earthwork bank (when viewed from Oxford Road to the east). There are no signs of 'internal' earthworks, but there are discrete patches of nettles among what is otherwise knee-high grass. (West Yorkshire HER 4361)

This is a place-name, at the given map reference, although it seems to be more closely associated with Gomersal than Liversedge. Nothing is recorded in PastScape, it is not a manorial centre, there is nothing on the map or air photo to suggest anything other than a natural hill. Castle House and a Castle Hill House are marked on the 1854 OS map. Houses occupying these sites do still exist but are not listed. Presumably the C14 house took its name from the hill and it is possibly this was the site of an artificial defended site long ploughed out. However, the location is more typical of an Iron Age hill slope fort than a medieval castle.
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