Swarth Howe

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameSwarth Howe
Alternative NamesSwarthoue; Penny Howe
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Civil ParishNewholm cum Dunsley

In Clark's list of moated mounds or burhs, for Yorkshire, is recorded 'Swarth Howe.'

Gatehouse Comments

This is a Bronze Age barrow, which had been excavated and a cyst burial found, in the 1850's. This excavation was published so why Clark felt this mound, isolated from medieval settlement and on a moor, might be a residential location is an open question although Clark was in the data collection stage of a very new field of archaeology. Gatehouse suspects he was getting information from correspondents who may not have really appreciated what Clark meant by a 'moated mound'.

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNZ843089
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  • Clark, G.T., 1889, 'Contribution towards a complete list of moated mounds or burhs' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 46 p. 197-217 esp. 216 online copy
  • Anderson, S., 1854, Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of London Vol. 3 No. 39 p. 58 online copy