Throston mound

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Motte)

There are no visible remains

NameThroston mound
Alternative Names
Historic CountryDurham
Modern AuthorityHartlepool
1974 AuthorityCleveland
Civil ParishHartlepool

Clark lists at Throston in Durham 'A mound and masonry'.

Gatehouse Comments

This is presumably either Low Throston DMV (Area centred NZ49063329), although the earthworks there do not seem to have either a mound or notably masonry, or High Throston DMV (Area centred NZ48493369) although, again neither mound or masonry is reported (both sites do have finds of undressed stone). Presumably whatever Clark was referring to has been lost. However it is likely that the 'mound and masonry' reported (probably a secondary report to Clark possibly by someone with little or no archaeological expertise) was merely a collapsed building not likely to be a fortification. It is even possible the 'mound' reported is a natural hill, such as that Low Throston sits upon.

- Philip Davis

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 ReferenceNZ490332
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  • Gould, Chalkley, 1905, 'Ancient Earthworks' in Page, Wm (ed), VCH Durham Vol. 1 (London) p. 358 online copy


  • Clark, G.T., 1889, 'Contribution towards a complete list of moated mounds or burhs' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 46 p. 197-217 esp. 203 online copy