Fraisthorpe Motte

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Motte)

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameFraisthorpe Motte
Alternative Names
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityEast Riding of Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityHumberside
Civil ParishBarmston

St Edmund's Chapel, rebuilt 1893, stands on a large mound (supposed round barrow or motte) 110ft in diameter and 9-10ft high, with traces of a surrounding ditch to the south and west. Remains of grassy banks (building foundations) are also visible immediately south between the mound and ditch (RCHM (York) Records 1970).

The mound, which is elongated, appears to be a scarped natural feature. This suggests a motte rather than a tumulus, if the premise of either is accepted. Traces of the ditch are very vague, and add little to the evidence. The intervening banks form part of the Medieval shrinkage of Fraisthorpe Village. (Field Investigators Comments F1 ISS 06-JUN-75). (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Beside DMV of Fraisthorpe, and Roman road and overlooking crossing of small river.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTA154616
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  • Creighton, O.H., 1998, Castles and Landscapes: An Archaeological Survey of Yorkshire and the East Midlands (PhD Thesis University of Leicester) p. 295, 299, 546 online copy