Huddersfield Hill House

Has been described as a Certain Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameHuddersfield Hill House
Alternative NamesCastle Hill
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityKirklees
1974 AuthorityWest Yorkshire
Civil ParishHuddersfield

Earthwork remains of a possible Medieval or earlier motte and bailey castle. A field inspection in 2004 supports the possibly that this is a motte and bailey castle with the bailey extending to the north. Beacon Street marks the line of the western rampart as the ground to its west is 2-3 metres lower. Its northern extent is probably marked by a break of slope between the rear of 2 King Cliffe Road and Hill House Methodist Church. The eastern extent is less clear but is possibly marked by Old Halifax Road. The mound survives to minimum height of 5 metres, but it has been truncated on all sides except for its frontage onto Beacon Street. This area, however, has been masked by soil dumping. The mound is tree covered and has the footings of a small brick building, possibly a greenhouse, on its southern flank. A section dug into the mound revealled a double rock cut ditch, remnants of a palisade wall and timber revetting. (PastScape)

The motte at Huddersfield Hill House on Beacon Street has also shown these constructional layers. The motte at Hill House also revealed evidence for a palisade wall around its crown and a timber revetment against its side. These are features which would indicate the castle in Huddersfield is very likely to have resembled the highly decorated examples shown on the Bayeaux Tapestry. (Constable, 2007)

Gatehouse Comments

Despite being surrounded by C19/C20 development the motte survives reasonably well, the general area of the bailey is easily seen and the generally topography of the site, with views down to the Huddersfield, is of interest.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSE142180
Latitude53.658390045166
Longitude-1.78603005409241
Eastings414237
Northings418010
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Photograph by Philip Davis. All rights reserved
Photograph by Philip Davis. All rights reserved
Photograph by Philip Davis. All rights reserved
Photograph by Philip Davis. All rights reserved
Photograph by Philip Davis. All rights reserved
Photograph by Philip Davis. All rights reserved

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Books

  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 532 (possible)

Journals

  • Constable, Chris, 2007, 'Earthwork castles in West Yorkshire Part Two' Archaeology and Archives in West Yorkshire Vol. 24 p. 5-6 online copy
  • Anon, 1993, Postern No. 1
  • Clark, G.T., 1889, 'Contribution towards a complete list of moated mounds or burhs' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 46 p. 197-217 esp. 215 online copy

Other

  • Eric Branse-Instone, 09-SEP-2004, English Heritage Alternative Action Report