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High Mains

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Denton Mains

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY60616500
Latitude 54.97812° Longitude -2.61685°

High Mains has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such, and also as a Pele Tower but is rejected as such, and also as a Fortified Manor House but is rejected as such.

There are no visible remains.


Denton Hall. Here the base-court is 85 yards long, with a ditch about 8 yards broad, and a rampart partly round it, extending to two sides, beyond which is a smaller ditch; adjoining the west side is a smaller enclosure in which is a mound; later on a pele tower was built on the mound, replacing the wooden house, and now there are farm-buildings in which the stump of the pele serves as a dairy. The so-called 'Saxon village' at High Mains, west of Over Denton church, is probably such another place. (VCH 1901)

Marked as 'CAMP (remains of)' on 1st edition OS map of 1868. A building is also marked. Nothing now visible on air photo and no antiquity is marked on modern OS maps. Recorded as Temporary Roman camp in the Cumbria HER, apparently not recorded in PastScape.
The complete failure for any other author to note this site and absence from the several good gazetteers on Cumbrian medieval fortifications is significant.
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