Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

Alternative Names
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthoritySheffield
1974 AuthoritySouth Yorkshire
Civil ParishSheffield

In Clark's list of moated mounds or burhs, for Yorkshire, is recorded 'Wincobank.–Moated mound.'

This is Wincobank Camp 'The remains of an Iron Age slight univallate hillfort overlooking the Don Valley. The hillfort comprises an oval enclosure with an internal area of 1.1 hectares surrounded by a single rampart with an external ditch and counterscarp bank. A partial excavation of the rampart and counterscarp was carried out in 1899 by E Howarth. In 1979 a watching brief was carried out during the cutting of a drainage ditch through the north east rampart. Howarth found that the rampart was originally built as a wall 5.5 metres thick consisting of large stones facing a core of earth and rubble bonded by timber lacing. The counterscarp bank was built from earth and stone cast up from the ditch. Radio-carbon dates from the trench cut in 1979 indicate a construction date of circa 500 BC while burnt and vitrified stone and charred timber found by Howarth show that the rampart was destroyed by fire.' (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Has been excavated. No suggestion of post-Conquest medieval use but may have had some C10 use.

- 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 ReferenceSK377909
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  • Hill, P., 2004, The Age of Athelstan (Strood: Tempus) p. 151-152
  • Beckett, L. and Beckett, S., 1999, The Enigma of Brunanburh (Rotherham: Privately published) p. 38
  • Sneyd, Steve, 1995, The Devil's Logbook Castles and Fortified Sites around South Yorkshire (Hilltop Press) p. 18
  • Cockburn, J.H., 1931, The Battle of Brunanburh and its Period (Sheffield: Leng and Co.) p. 10-12
  • Armitage, E.S., 1897, A Key to English Antiquities, With Special Reference to the Sheffield and Rotherham District (Sheffield: Townsend) p. 46-47 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. 216 online copy

Guide Books

  • Jones, M and Jones, J., nd, Wincobank Hill Historic Site and Viewpoint (Sheffield City Council) online copy


  • 2011, Wincobank Hill, Sheffield Desk-Based Assessment (ArcHeritage Report 2011/42) p. 11-12 online copy