Kendal Vicarage Drive mound

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Motte)

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameKendal Vicarage Drive mound
Alternative NamesKirkbarrow
Historic CountryWestmorland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishKendal

Cumbria SMR record of medieval motte.

I would say, that of the two Vicarage Drive mounds, this would be the most likely to represent any form of motte and bailey castle or 'pre-conquest administrative centre'.....though again, early maps show nothing of any note in this area, and local historical documents don't mention anything at this end of town. I would have thought, that had there been an important site here, perhaps John Speed would have noted it on his map of 1620, but there is nothing here at all. Both of these mounds are intriguing sites...but it is hard to find any persuasive argument for these mounds being anything other than glacial mounds. (Matthew Emmott)

Gatehouse Comments

The local place name 'Kirkbarrow' suggest an alternative explanation of this mound plus the area is noted for many glacial mounds many of which superficially seem to be man made.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSD512916
Latitude54.317928314209
Longitude-2.75051999092102
Eastings351270
Northings491630
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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
Photograph by Matthew Emmott. All rights reserved

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