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Wodowbank Cop

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Caernarvon; Wotobank; Wodobank; Wodabank

In the civil parish of St John Beckermet.
In the historic county of Cumberland.
Modern Authority of Cumbria.
1974 county of Cumbria.
Medieval County of Cumberland.

OS Map Grid Reference: NY01040819
Latitude 54.45942° Longitude -3.52806°

Wodowbank Cop has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


Alleged remains of a motte at Wodowbank Cop. (PastScape)
According to Crawford, the east part of the site has been removed for a railway cutting. A modern water tank has been installed at the south edge. The owner has made several attempts at excavating the site. (PastScape–ref. Perriam and Robinson)


The site is clearly marked as a small round feature on the OS map of 1867 (Before the construction of the railway.), and as an even smaller mound on the modern OS map. A slight mound can be made out on the air photo, but no hints of ditches or possibly bailey.
King (1983) appears to have confabulated his record for this site (which he accepts as a 'possible' motte) with Caernarfon Castle, Beckermet which he rejects as a 'low shapeless mound.' The is also a possibility of other authors confabulating this site, Caernarfon Castle (aka Coneygarth Cop) and Coneyside Cop all in Beckermet. Map references, not names, should be used to identify these sites.
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