Kendal Round Hill

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte)

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameKendal Round Hill
Alternative NamesHall Garth
Historic CountryWestmorland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishKendal

Round Hill, Hallgarth. A clearly man-adapted mound with steep sides and a level summit, identified as a possible burh of the pre-Conquest territorial unit of Stirkland. (PastScape–ref. Higham)

Perriam & Robinson report J Marsh as writing 'This is a contentious designation; the Garth is of Helsfell Hall nearby.'

Gatehouse Comments

There are no end of round glacial mounds in this area. There 'man made' appearance is often no such thing and the suggestion made in PastScape of a link between the name 'round hill' and human activity or settlement is not one fully supported. Higham's, otherwise excellent, article is marred by the attribution of several such mottes. The development of a housing estate around the mound has emphasised this mound, tending to make it look even more unnatural.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSD508942
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Photograph by Matthew Emmott. All rights reserved
Photograph by Matthew Emmott. All rights reserved
Photograph by Matthew Emmott. All rights reserved
Photograph by Matthew Emmott. All rights reserved

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  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 342


  • Higham, Mary, 1991, 'The Mottes of North Lancashire, Lonsdale and South Cumbria' Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Vol. 91 p. 79-90 (reprinted in Crosby, A.G. (ed), 2007, Of names and places: selected writings of Mary Higham (Nottingham: English Place-Name Society and the Society for Name Studies) p. 81-91) online copy


  • English Heritage, 2006, Extensive Urban Survey - Cumbria (Cumbria County Council) Download copy