Turtle Hill, Harpham Moor

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Motte)

There are no visible remains

NameTurtle Hill, Harpham Moor
Alternative NamesKelk
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityEast Riding of Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityHumberside
Civil ParishHarpham

Mound at Turtle Hill destroyed by bulldozing (in the 1970s) may have been a motte. (King)

Gatehouse Comments

Turtle Hill is the name of a farm at this location but no mound marked on the 1854 OS map. This site is somewhat apart from village settlement, the local place name Danes Graves Wood might suggest an alternative, rather more plausible, origin for the mound. The area was investigated by the Humber Wetlands Project and the remains found were generally prehistoric, including several barrows, with no evidence of significant medieval occupation. Mound was probably a barrow although may have been natural glacial. Can be rejected as a motte.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTA114604
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  • Van de Noort, R. and Ellis, S. (eds), 2000, Wetland Heritage of the Hull Valley. An Archaeological Survey (Humber Wetlands Project Centre for Wetland Archaeology University of Hull) p. 111-134
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 532 (possible)


  • Constable, Christopher, 2003, Aspects of the archaeology of the castle in the north of England C 1066-1216 (Doctoral thesis, Durham University) Available at Durham E-Theses Online