Headswood Newton

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Motte)

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameHeadswood Newton
Alternative NamesWalton
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishIrthington

(Area centred NY 50336318) There is a reputed motte at Headswood (OGS Crawford pre-1940).

Immediately on the North of the Wall at Headswood are the remains of a defence work apparently formed so as to take the ditch of the Wall as its S ditch, and having faint traces of another on the North, and a low tumulus, or round mound resting on the edge of the precipice connected with it. The remains are too indistinct to speculate as to its origin (MacLauchlan).

These so called earthworks (or motte) are natural precipices of the Irthing valley (F1 CFW 09-FEB-72). (PastScape)

Headswood NY504632. Alleged motte (Curwen, C. & T., 40). Very disturbed area, but mounds here are natural. A small isolated one - the probable 'motte' - is not in a defensible position. (King 1983)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY503632
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  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 156
  • Jackson, M.J.,1990, Castles of Cumbria (Carlisle: Carel Press) p. 99
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 1 p. 96 (reject)
  • Curwen, J.F., 1913, Castles and Fortified Towers of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire North of the Sands (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 13) p. 40
  • Collingwood, W.G., 1901, 'Remains of the pre-Norman Period' in H.Arthur Doubleday (ed), VCH Cumberland Vol. 1 p. 293 online copy
  • MacLauchlan, H., 1858, Memoir written during a Survey of the Roman Wall (London) p. 70 online copy