Irthington Mill

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameIrthington Mill
Alternative NamesNewton nr Brampton; Newtown near Brampton
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishIrthington

Earthwork remains of an alleged C12 medieval motte about 12 feet high. It comprises an oval mound which measures a maximum of 48m long by 29m wide and is orientated roughly east / west. No associated features such as a bailey are visible on the available aerial photographs. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Perriam & Robinson dismiss this as a natural feature on the basis of a site visit and a comment that there would not be two mottes so close together in the same manor. This is not the manorial centre but it is is a position that controls a river crossing and by a water mill site so may have been an outwork to Irthington or a mound of a sub-manor. It certainly is rare for two mottes to be in the same parish (and a parish is not always the same as a manor) but it does happen. Irthing House occupies the possible site of any attached court. However, pending further information, has to be questionable.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY507623
Latitude54.9535598754883
Longitude-2.77024006843567
Eastings350770
Northings562370
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Books

  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 159
  • Jackson, M.J.,1990, Castles of Cumbria (Carlisle: Carel Press) p. 63-4
  • Collingwood, W.G., 1901, 'Remains of the pre-Norman Period' in H.Arthur Doubleday (ed), VCH Cumberland Vol. 1 p. 292 online copy

Journals

  • Collingwood, W.G., 1923, 'An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments of Cumberland' Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Vol. 23 p. 209 online copy
  • Graham, T.H.B., 1912, 'Extinct Cumberland Castles (Part IV)' Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Vol. 12 p. 183 (mention as 'motehill') online copy

Other

  • Constable, Christopher, 2003, Aspects of the archaeology of the castle in the north of England C 1066-1216 (Doctoral thesis, Durham University) Available at Durham E-Theses Online (as Newton near Brampton)