Skirpenbeck Motte

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameSkirpenbeck Motte
Alternative Names
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityEast Riding of Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityHumberside
Civil ParishSkirpenbeck

A flat-topped mound, 3-4m. high, partly enclosed (on the S.E.) by a ditch 1.0m. deep. The mound is not a barrow, but is probably a small motte. On the west, it is protected by a steep natural scarp falling in the river, and on the north by a steep natural gully. There is no trace of a bailey (Field Investigators Comments–F1 DS 30-JUN-67). (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Does not seem to be a manorial centre or site of any settlement. Seems to be isolated from roadways but on the Derwent, which was a major medieval transport route.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSE736580
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