Cockermouth Tute Hill
Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Motte)
There are earthwork remains
|Name||Cockermouth Tute Hill
|Alternative Names||Toot Hill
A little east of Cockermouth Castle is a supposed Tumulus called Tute Hill; there are however many natural mounds of gravel in the vicinity. (Not in Collingwoods Inventory of Cumberland. CW2 23 251) (Ward).
A steep sided flat-topped ditchless mound 2.8m. high now under pasture. It appears artificial but its proportions are smaller than the natural mounds in the vicinity, and suggest a windmill mound rather than a barrow. (Field Investigators Comments–F1 RL 18-APR-66).
Scheduled as Tute Hill motte; an oval earthern mound measuring approximately 18.7m east-west by 16.6m north-south and up to 3m high. It is strategically located on a plateau close to the confluence of the Rivers Cocker and Derwent and would have been constructed during the early/mid-12th century, but was quickly superseded by the present Cockermouth Castle (English Heritage SAM Amendment 10.5.95). (PastScape)
At the north end of the town is a tumulus, or artificial mount, called Toot Hill (Mannix and Whellan)
Tute Hill is a Scheduled Monument and is thought to have been constructed during the 12th century. Although it has been suggested that it may have been a motte, Winchester (pers. comm 2001) suggests that 'tute' means 'look-out'. (Extensive Urban Survey)
This site is a scheduled monument protected by law
Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
|OS Map Grid Reference||NY124307