Castle Haugh

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Ringwork)

There are earthwork remains

NameCastle Haugh
Alternative NamesGisburn in Craven; Gisburne; Cromwells Basin; Castle in Craven
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityLancashire
1974 AuthorityLancashire
Civil ParishNewsholme

Castle Haugh ringwork, known locally as Cromwell's Basin, occupies the NW end of a tongue of high ground overlooking the River Ribble and commands extensive views to the NE and SE. The monument comprises a circular mound 5-6m high artificially raised above the external ground level. It is surrounded for much of its circumference by a dry ditch 2m deep. An earthen breastwork runs around the summit of the mound on all sides except the W. (Scheduling Report)

on the high bank of the Ribble, is a small and very entire square fort, called Castle-haugh; and near it a barrow, which, being opened, was found to contain a rude earthern urn. (Whitaker)

A small motte, 25 ft. high, with ditch 7 ft. deep and still retaining an earth breastwork around the top, known as Castle Haugh. (VCH)

Gatehouse Comments

Possibly the 'castle in Craven' destroyed by King David I in 1151. Crop/soil marks visible on the Google air photo may suggest a large bailey to the north of the ring-motte, although this does not seem to have been otherwise noted.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSD829507
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  • Grimsditch, Brian, Nevell, Michael and Nevell, Richard, 2012, Buckton Castle and the Castles of the North West England (University of Salford Archaeological Monograph 2) p. 106
  • Turner, Maurice, 2004, Yorkshire Castles: Exploring Historic Yorkshire (Otley: Westbury Publishing) p. 91, 236
  • Salter, Mike, 2001, The Castles and Tower Houses of Yorkshire (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 40
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  • Illingworth, J.L., 1938 (republished 1970), Yorkshire's Ruined Castles (Wakefield) p. 127
  • Armitage and Montgomerie, 1912, in Page, Wm (ed), VCH Yorkshire Vol. 2 p. 21
  • Whitaker, T.D., 1812, The History and Antiquities of the Deanery of Craven in the County of York (London) p. 35 (brief) online copy


  • Higham, Mary, 1991, 'The Mottes of North Lancashire, Lonsdale and South Cumbria' Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Vol. 91 p. 79-90 (reprinted in Crosby, A.G. (ed), 2007, Of names and places: selected writings of Mary Higham (Nottingham: English Place-Name Society and the Society for Name Studies) p. 81-91) online copy
  • King, D.J.C. and Alcock, L., 1969, 'Ringworks in England and Wales' Ch√Ęteau Gaillard Vol. 3 p. 90-127

Primary Sources

  • Arnold, T. (ed), 1882-5, Symeonis Monachi Opera Omnia (London: Rolls Series 75) Vol. 2 p. 328 (John of Hexham)


  • 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
  • Creighton, O.H., 1998, Castles and Landscapes: An Archaeological Survey of Yorkshire and the East Midlands (PhD Thesis University of Leicester) p. 576 online copy