Barnby Howe

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameBarnby Howe
Alternative NamesLythe Beacon
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Civil ParishBarnby

Clark, in his list of 'moated mounds and burhs', records Barnby Howe.

Gatehouse Comments

Presumably this is one of several barrows in the area, not necessarily the ones now called Barnby Howes, but which ever can be rejected as a medieval fortification, although it is suggested that the barrows may have been used as beacons. Presumably the beacon suggestion comes from comparison with the nearby Roman signal station overlooking Kettle Ness. However while the Romans did have a military system which did allow permanent manning of such signal stations medieval societies were rarely organised in such a manner. Clark also records an 'Andrew Howe' which Gatehouse has not identified. Presumably a similar site.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNZ830138
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  • Clark, G.T., 1889, 'Contribution towards a complete list of moated mounds or burhs' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 46 p. 197-217 esp. 214 online copy