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Dumpling Castle, Tickhill

In the civil parish of Tickhill.
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: SK615942
Latitude 53.44146° Longitude -1.07486°

Dumpling Castle, Tickhill has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are no visible remains.


Possible Early Castle
Situation: The NGR relates to the place-name ‘Dumpling Castle’, remembered in ‘Dumpling Castle Covert/Farm’. The names occur immediately below the locally prominent natural eminence of ‘Bog Hill’, c.2.5km north-eastofTickhillI.
Preservation: Other than the place-name, there is no evidence for the existence of an early castle site.
Description: Conjecturally, the place name may indicate the former site of a castle, and the ‘dumpling’ element most likely refers to an earthwork motte. (Creighton 1998)

Place name may indicate site of a castle. Marked on the OS 6" 1st edition map (1854) as 'Dumpling Castle Covert'.
Farm on eastern side of Stripe road, opposite the covert, is labelled as 'Dumpling Castle' on OS 6" 1st edn. This is the earliest element of the now enlarged set of farm buildings. Appears to be a later post-med to industrial period farm complex. More likely that this farmstead gave its name to the covert. Though some possibility of some antiquity to the name this not demonstrable on available evidence. (South Yorkshire SMR)

Gatehouse finds Creighton's suggestion the place-name may refer to a motte particularly weak. A small natural glacial mound, long ploughed out, with a superficial resemblance to a motte may be the origin of the place-name but the location and the tenurial history of Tickhill exclude even a short term castle. The antiquity of the name may not actually be that old and one can imagine several other more likely scenarios for the origin of the place-name such as an ironic humour naming of a modest farmstead or a small mound used by local children as a place to play 'king of the castle'.
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