Tebay Castle Howe

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameTebay Castle Howe
Alternative NamesCastle How
Historic CountryWestmorland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishTebay

Earthwork remains of a Medieval motte and bailey castle occupying a long oval hillock of about one and three quarter acres. The motte rises 9ft above the bailey. Traces of a rampart survive on the south side and a ditch between it and the bailey, the east and south sides of which have been much damaged. (PastScape)

Castle Howe, motte and bailey castle, on the S. bank of the Lune, 750 yards N.N.W. of the modern church, covers an area of about 1¾ acres. The work occupies a long oval hillock with the motte at the N. end. The motte has probably been partly carried away by the river and is now of irregular form and rises only about 9 ft. above the bailey; there are traces of a rampart on the S. side. There is a ditch between it and the bailey, the E. and S. sides of which have been much damaged.

Condition—Bad. (RCHME 1936)

Gatehouse Comments

The strategic position of this castle, at the point where the major route through Cumbia crosses the Rives Lune and Birkbeck, is often noted and is worthy of such comment. However the importance of the route has lead to the construction of the M6 motorway in close proximity to the castle and this makes imagining the form of the medieval landscape difficult.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY613050
Latitude54.4398307800293
Longitude-2.59740996360779
Eastings361350
Northings505090
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Books

  • Grimsditch, Brian, Nevell, Michael and Nevell, Richard, 2012, Buckton Castle and the Castles of the North West England (University of Salford Archaeological Monograph 2) p. 113
  • Salter, Mike, 1998, The Castles and Tower Houses of Cumbria (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 90
  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 268
  • Pettifer, A., 1995, English Castles, A guide by counties (Woodbridge: Boydell Press) p. 268
  • Jackson, M.J.,1990, Castles of Cumbria (Carlisle: Carel Press) p. 89
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 494
  • RCHME, 1936, An inventory of the historical monuments in Westmorland (HMSO) p. 225 No. 1 online transcription
  • Curwen, J.F., 1913, Castles and Fortified Towers of Cumberland, Westmorland and Lancashire North of the Sands (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 13) p. 32-3
  • Whellan, W., 1860, The History and Topography of the Counties of Cumberland and Westmorland (Pontefract) p. 765 online copy
  • Hodgson, J., 1810, Topographical and Historical Description of Westmoreland p. 150 online copy
  • Nicholson, J. and Burn, B., 1777, The History and Antiquities of the Counties of Westmorland and Cumberland (London) Vol. 1 p. 493 online copy

Journals

  • 1891, 'Excursions and Proceedings' Transactions of the Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Vol. 11 p. 305 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