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Torside Castle, Charlesworth

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Harrop Moss; Glossop

In the civil parish of Charlesworth.
In the historic county of Derbyshire.
Modern Authority of Derbyshire.
1974 county of Derbyshire.
Medieval County of Derbyshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK07659655
Latitude 53.46560° Longitude -1.88606°

Torside Castle, Charlesworth has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Mound, 265ft by 160ft, which was thought to be a possible castle, but is now believed to be a natural mound. (PastScape)

Torside Castle on Harrop Moor, has a pear-shaped area of about 3/4 acre enclosed by a single bank, but seemingly without a ditch, which would remove it from the hill-fort class. Noted under 'simple enclosure camps'. Scheduled - (under 'camps & settlements'). (Preston; Cox).
This is a natural peat table situated approximately 1600ft. above sea level. There is no evidence of artificial scarping and no surface finds were made. It is surrounded by deep water gullies.
Formerly scheduled monument (DR10) descheduled under MPP (Mon. No. 90873) on 9/11/93.
No obvious signs of human activity - similar to Glossop Low to NW.
Geologically sits on marine bands shale/clay over Kinderscout Grit. (Derbyshire HER)

Very isolated site of no apparent strategic importance, seems mainly to have been considered an IA hillfort and was once scheduled but descheduled in 1993 - The isolated spot is unlikely to be developed and the main effect of descheduling will be to spare a field archaeologist a long walk to do a site inspection. Presumably this is a glacial feature. The sparse surrounding moorland heather vegetation and the somewhat richer grass on the thicker soil of mound makes this feature particularly prominent on the air photo.
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