Lanercost Bridge

Has been described as a Possible Timber Castle (Motte)

There are uncertain remains

NameLanercost Bridge
Alternative NamesBrampton Bank
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishBrampton

A large mound projects from the bluff line of the river Irthing. On the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map it was marked as a tumulus. However, it has also been alleged to be a natural feature or a motte. There is no evidence of an excavation. (PastScape–ref. Perriam and Robinson)

SMR record 5213; 'A large mound projects from the bluff line of the river. It has always been considered natural in origin, but if not natural, its shape indicates it is a motte.' Quotes Cowper (1899) and Clare (1982).

No record of excavation. (Perriam and Robinson 1998)

Gatehouse Comments

The location, by a bridge and close to a mill, certainly looks to be one of manorial significance. However, the medieval bridge was not here but 320m upstream (PastScape record 12681)

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY553632
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  • Salter, Mike, 1998, The Castles and Tower Houses of Cumbria (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 70
  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 160
  • Cowper, H.S., 1899, Hawkshead: (the northernmost parish of Lancashire) its history, archaeology, industries, folklore, dialect, etc., etc (London) online copy ([Gatehouse >] is unable to find any reference in this cited source.)


  • Clare, T., 1982, A Report on Medieval Fortified Sites in Cumbria (Cumbria CC)