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Sedbergh Castle Haugh Tower

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Sedbergh.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Yorkshire West Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: SD66239229
Latitude 54.32514° Longitude -2.52084°

Sedbergh Castle Haugh Tower has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


A small well preserved motte and bailey castle. The oval motte is 30 feet high and surrounded by a ditch about 15 feet wide except on the south where there is a steep scarp. The top of the motte measures nine metres east to west by seven metres north to south. The top is dish shaped, caused by the removal of a building. The bailey, which lies to the west of the motte and slopes to the west is 30 metres east to west by 20 metres north to south. The motte was used as an air raid look out during World War II. (PastScape)

Castlehaugh Tower is an oval motte, 30ft. high, surrounded by a ditch about 15ft wide except on the south where there is a steep scarp. The bailey, measuring about 1/4 acre, now forms a terrace (VCH). The motte top measures about 9m E-W by 7m N-S; the modern building has been removed, leaving a slightly dished top. The motte commands excellent views over the town to the Lune valley, and down Garsdale and the Rawthey valley; the bridge at Millthrop would be visible but for trees. There is some gorse and hawthorn growing on the E side of the motte and recent repairs have been made to a damaged area on the N side. On the N side the motte ditch is defined by a bank 1m high. There is a slight causeway across the E sector of the motte ditch. The bailey, which lies to the W of the motte and slopes to the W, is approximately 30m E-W by 20m N-S. The bailey has no bank and there is no sign of masonry anywhere on the site (Bowden). (PastScape)
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