West Tanfield, Binsoe Hill

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameWest Tanfield, Binsoe Hill
Alternative Names
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Civil ParishWest Tanfield

A Bronze Age round barrow known as Binsoe Hill. It is located on a gentle south facing slope in undulating land in the vale of Mowbray. The barrow includes a substantial earth and stone mound standing 7 metres in height. The mound is oval in shape and is highest at the east side. It measures 50 metres north east to south west by 30 metres north west to south east. The mound has been dug into on the south east and south west sides leaving large hollows and obscuring the original shape of the barrow. There is no evidence that the mound was surrounded by a ditch. Scheduled. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Alleged motte rejected by King as a curious hillock showing no signs of being a motte. It is not clear where the suggestion this was a motte came from. Jackson repeats King's rejection. Creighton, however, calls it a 'possible motte'.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
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OS Map Grid ReferenceSE250799
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Latitude 54° 12' 52.16" Longitude -1° 37' 1.23"

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  • Jackson, M.J., 2001, Castles of North Yorkshire (Carlisle) p. 91 (reject)
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 534 (reject)
  • Page, Wm (ed), 1914, VCH Yorkshire: North Riding Vol. 1 p. 385 (as a curious tree covered mound) online transcription


  • Creighton, O.H., 1998, Castles and Landscapes: An Archaeological Survey of Yorkshire and the East Midlands (PhD Thesis University of Leicester) p. 632 online copy