Middleton Hall Castle Hill

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameMiddleton Hall Castle Hill
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishEarle

The earthwork remains of a Romano-British scooped enclosed settlement located on the gentle north east slope of Brands Hill. The enclosure is irregular in shape and consists of a single bank of earth and stones varying in width from 3 to 5 metres and in height from 0.4 to 1.2 metres. At the east end is a well defined entrance revetted with large stones. The enclosed area contains internal dividing banks of earth and stone with five hut circles ranging from 6 to 10 metres in diameter. The internal compartment in the north west of the enclosure is scooped to an average depth of 0.5 metres below the surrounding ground surface. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Jackson writes this has been suggested as a possible motte and bailey. Quite where that the suggestion come from is unclear but can certainly be rejected as a medieval site.

- 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 ReferenceNT981247
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  • Jackson, M.J.,1992, Castles of Northumbria (Carlisle) p. 140
  • Dodds, Madeleine Hope (ed), 1935, Northumberland County History (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) Vol. 14 p. 43-4, 64


  • Jobey, G., 1964, 'Enclosed stone built settlements in North Northumberland' Archaeologia Aeliana (ser4) Vol. 42 p. 63