Maiden Hill Castle

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte)

There are no visible remains

NameMaiden Hill Castle
Alternative Names
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishPenrith

Supposed site of 13th century castle.

SMR quotes TCWAAS (2), vi, 162 and T Clare.

No evidence. Site could not be located. (Perriam and Robinson)

Gatehouse Comments

This is the site of a disused quarry so no archaeology evident and nothing about the location is suggestive of high status occupation. The source is a translated transcription of a preambulation of King highway from Penrith to Carlisle made c. 1268 as the place where the writ was made. The identification of what was presumable castrum in the source as Maiden Hill is made by Parker. Possibly one of those varied and nuanced medieval uses of the term castrum to mean a place of political importance, in this case as a site of oath taking and giving of testimony.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY525331
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  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 210


  • Parker, F.H.M., 1906, 'Inglewood Forest' Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Vol. 6 p. 162 online copy

Primary Sources


  • Clare, T., 1982, A Report on Medieval Fortified Sites in Cumbria (Cumbria CC)