Rothbury Hurley Knowles

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameRothbury Hurley Knowles
Alternative Names
Historic CountryNorthumberland
Modern AuthorityNorthumberland
1974 AuthorityNorthumberland
Civil ParishRothbury

Hurley Knowes is the name given to a short stretch of the south bank of the River Coquet at the east end of Rothbury. Here, a series of high earthen mounds once stood and were speculated to be burial mounds or mottes. The features are, however, natural alluvial mounds. Only one of the 'mounds' survives, the others probably having been destroyed by a small 20th century housing complex. It is a flat-topped natural hillock isolated by a short artificial ditch from the prominent ridge of which it is a part. This, together with the declivity on the south-west side, affords a strong defensive position which could have served as a motte. (Northumberland Extensive Urban Survey)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNU060016
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  • Northumberland County Council, 2009, 'Rothbury' Northumberland Extensive Urban Survey doi:10.5284/1000177 [download copy >]