Whitehall Moat, Allhallows

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Motte), and also as a Rejected Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NameWhitehall Moat, Allhallows
Alternative NamesCockbridge
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishAllhallows

On the east side of the Wigton-Cockermouth road, almost opposite to the lodge of Whitehall, is an artificially raised area some 70 ft square, surrounded by a deep moat, 44-50 ft wide. The upcast from the moat has been thrown out on both sides, thus increasing the height of the plateau, and forming an external rampart - the eastern side of which has been levelled by ploughing (Curwen).

This may have preceded the pele and house at Whitehall to the north. (PastScape)

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY202412
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