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Hatfield 'mottes'

In the civil parish of Hatfield.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of Doncaster.
1974 county of South Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Yorkshire West Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: SE658087
Latitude 53.57102° Longitude -1.00809°

Hatfield 'mottes' has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are earthwork remains.


Magilton draws attention to mounds at SE 658 087 in the grounds of the Bow House, incorporating a ruined ice house, and at SE 658 087 {sic}. In view of reusage for such purposes elsewhere, either or both could represent recycle mottes. (Sneyd 1995)

SE 659 090 Icehouse. In the garden of Bow House in Hatfield, obscured by trees is a ruined ice-house of unknown date set into an earthen feature? (South Yorkshire SMR 02750/01)
SE 657 087 Windmill Mound. Site of ?Lings Windmill shown on the 1850 OS map. The site is in pasture and the sides are damaged. (South Yorkshire SMR 02751/01)

The windmill mound (SE65770871) shows up clearly on Lidar and looks nothing like a motte. No evidence of bailey, surrounding ditch etc. The icehouse mound (SE65920908) is not shown on 1st edn 6" OS map of 1907. It is under tree cover but but does show on lidar but seems too small to be a motte, a small dried out pond to the east of it should not be confused with a bailey enclosure. Both mounds can be rejected as mottes.
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