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West Hall Motte, Kingwater

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Tin Castle

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

OS Map Grid Reference: NY56776770
Latitude 55.00203° Longitude -2.67758°

West Hall Motte, Kingwater has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


West Hall NY 568 677 Motte
Identified as a Motte in c. 1978 by M Jackson and visited by Tom Clare c. 1984.
No record of any excavation. (Perriam and Robinson 1998)

Earthwork recognised as a motte in late 1970's. By village and church and overlooking river crossing. Reportedly identified by M Jackson in 1978 but does not appear in his Castles of Cumbria book of 1990.
Located at NY56756768 in the Cumbria online mapping HER. Nothing obvious on air photo and presumably under the trees on the east side of the beck at the given map reference. This is not the steepsided ridge-end on the other (west) side of the village, although it should be noted that hill would dominate this site. The location is not improbable for a motte, near a small settlement, a river crossing and later high status house but the visible physical evidence seems weak and Jackson's failure to mention this in his Castles of Cumbria may suggest a misidentification. Tin Castle is a house name in Kingwater but may well not be of any antiquity (Was this a C19 'mail order' hut with an ironic name? Tin tabernacles are the best known of these but other prefabricated galvanized corrugated iron buildings were manufactured).
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