Ellenthorpe Castle Banks

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte)

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameEllenthorpe Castle Banks
Alternative Names
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityLancashire
1974 AuthorityLancashire
Civil ParishPaythorne

Castle Banks, Ellenthorpe. The place-name is recorded on the mid C19 Tithe Apportionment Schedules, and refers to a somewhat abraded motte on a bluff above the north bank of the Ribble, a short distance upstream of a crossing point. It would seem to be the other half of a 'dual system', linked with Castle Haugh (PastScape ref. Higham)

Gatehouse Comments

Higham was providing evidence to assert a particular hypothesis and may well have over stated the evidence here. No field archaeologist or other castle studies expert has identified this river bank buff as a castle site and Higham's 'abraded motte' may well be natural. The 'castle banks' place name may refer to a demense holding of Castle Haugh or just to the motte like topography of the site. However, this could well be the site of a river crossing and Higham's hypothesis, that a sort lived and small taxation point castle was here, may well deserve investigation.

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSD824498
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  • Grimsditch, Brian, Nevell, Michael and Nevell, Richard, 2012, Buckton Castle and the Castles of the North West England (University of Salford Archaeological Monograph 2) p. 106


  • Higham, Mary, 1991, 'The Mottes of North Lancashire, Lonsdale and South Cumbria' Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Vol. 91 p. 79-90 (reprinted in Crosby, A.G. (ed), 2007, Of names and places: selected writings of Mary Higham (Nottingham: English Place-Name Society and the Society for Name Studies) p. 81-91) online copy