Hedon Twyers Hill

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

There are earthwork remains

NameHedon Twyers Hill
Alternative Names
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityEast Riding of Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityHumberside
Civil ParishPreston

Leland writes 'And not far from this church (St. Augustine's) appeareth tokens of a pile or castle that was sometime there for the defence of the town.' This would presumably be the 'medieval moated site including a chapel and windmill mound and ponds surviving as earthworks, on Twyer's Hill. The site was occupied by the de la Twyer family from the C12-C14.' recorded in PastScape.

A non-destructive archaeological assessmenl of Twyers Hill was carried out by the Humberside Archaeology Unit at the request of Hull City Council to consider the archaeological implications to any development of the land. A survey of the surviving earthworks showed that the E. part of the site contains the well-preserved earthworks of a scheduled medieval moated enclosure and associated ponds, possible additional buildings including the site of a chapel, and a windmill mound, all of which were surrounded by a medieval field system. The documentary record shows that the moated site was occupied by the de la Twyer family from the 12th to at least the 14th centuries. In the 19th century, the site was crossed and partly disturbed by a racecourse. (Med. Arch, 1992)

Gatehouse Comments

How was the mound on the site assessed as being a windmill mound? Is there any possibility this may have initial been a small motte? Did Leland see this mound and think it was a motte and this lead or mislead him into thinking the manor house site had been a castle site? Scheduled as part of Hedon medieval town.

- 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 ReferenceTA184289
Latitude53.7430610656738
Longitude-0.20490999519825
Eastings518400
Northings428900
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Books

  • Ingham, Bernard, 2001, Bernard Ingham's Yorkshire Castles (Dalesman) p. 19
  • Harvey, Alfred, 1911, Castles and Walled Towns of England (London: Methuen and Co)
  • Poulson, G., 1841, The History and Antiquities of the Seigniory of Holderness Vol. 2 p. 193 online copy

Antiquarian

  • Chandler, John, 1993, John Leland's Itinerary: travels in Tudor England  (Sutton Publishing) p. 548
  • Toulmin-Smith, Lucy (ed), 1907, The itinerary of John Leland in or about the years 1535-1543 (London: Bell and Sons) Vol. 1 p. 61 online copy

Journals

  • 1997, East Riding Archaeologist Vol. 9 p. 152
  • Nenk, B.S. et al, 1992, 'Medieval Britain and Ireland in 1991' Medieval Archaeology Vol. 36 p. 244 online copy