Bewick Tup Hill

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte), and also as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NameBewick Tup Hill
Alternative NamesAldeburgo
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityEast Riding of Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityHumberside
Civil ParishAldbrough

The sub-rectangular island enclosed by the moat measures 80m long E-W by 30m wide. The N, W and E arms of the moat are between 10m and 12m wide and up to 3m deep. The S arm is 15m wide and 3m deep. The SE corner of the moat has been redug and enlarged and the external edge revetted with concrete. A land drain runs into the moat at its SW corner. The only access to the island is afforded by a modern plank bridge. The moat enclosed the house of the Lords of Bewick and was associated with the nearby deserted village which is mentioned in Domesday. (Scheduling Report)

A farm house, occupied by Mr. Suddaby, called Bewick Hall, has, contiguous to it, a small island surrounded by a deep moat, it consists nearly of two roods, thirty perches; and in a field south-west may be traced appearances of foundations where it is conjectured the ancient hall or residence of the lords of Bewick was formerly situated; a place called castle hill, which forms an approach to this place, must be referred to it, and not to Aldbro' castle, as supposed by some persons. (Poulson)

Gatehouse Comments

Has been suggested as the site of the 'castle' of Aldbrough although this supposed castle is doubtful.

- 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 ReferenceTA232394
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  • Kent, G.H.R., 2002, 'Middle division: Aldbrough' VCH Yorkshire: East Riding Vol. 7 online transcription
  • Ingham, Bernard, 2001, Bernard Ingham's Yorkshire Castles (Dalesman) p. 16
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  • Bulmer, 1892, History and Directory of East Yorkshire
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  • Poulson, G., 1841, The History and Antiquities of the Seigniory of Holderness Vol. 2 p. 24 online copy


  • Beresford, M., 1955, Yorkshire Archaeological Journal Vol. 38 p. 58

Primary Sources

  • Farrer, W. (ed), 1914-16, Early Yorkshire Charters Vol. 3 p. 30-3 no. 1304 online copy


  • Historic England, 2016, Heritage at Risk Yorkshire Register 2016 (London: Historic England) p. 4 online copy
  • Historic England, 2015, Heritage at Risk Yorkshire Register 2015 (London: Historic England) p. 4 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2014, Heritage at Risk Register 2014 Yorkshire (London: English Heritage) p. 5 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2013, Heritage at Risk Register 2013 Yorkshire (London: English Heritage) p. 4 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2012, Heritage at Risk Register 2012 Yorkshire and the Humber (London: English Heritage) p. 20 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2011, Heritage at Risk Register 2011 Yorkshire and the Humber (London: English Heritage) p. 20 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2010, Heritage at Risk Register 2010 Yorkshire and the Humber (London: English Heritage) p. 17 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2009, Heritage at Risk Register 2009 Yorkshire and the Humber (London: English Heritage) p. 27 online copy