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Cockpit Hill, medieval motte castle

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Cockpit Hill, medieval motte castle

List entry Number: 1007153

Location

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County: Cumbria

District: South Lakeland

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Kirkby Lonsdale

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 16-Nov-1965

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM - OCN

UID: CU 353

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Motte castles are medieval fortifications introduced into Britain by the Normans. They comprised a large conical mound of earth or rubble, the motte, surmounted by a palisade and a stone or timber tower. In a majority of examples an embanked enclosure containing additional buildings, the bailey, adjoined the motte. Motte castles and motte-and-bai1ey castles acted as garrison forts during offensive military operations, as strongholds, and, in many cases, as aristocratic residences and as centres of local or royal administration. Built in towns, villages and open countryside, motte castles generally occupied strategic positions dominating their immediate locality and, as a result, are the most visually impressive monuments of the early post-Conquest period surviving in the modern landscape. Over 600 motte castles and motte-and-bailey castles are recorded nationally, with examples known from most regions. Some 100-150 examples do not have baileys and are classified as motte castles. As one of a restricted range of recognised early post-Conquest monuments, they are particularly important for the study of Norman Britain and the development of the feudal system. Although many were occupied for only a short period of time, motte castles continued to be built and occupied from the 11th to the 13th centuries, after which they were superseded by other types of castle. Cockpit Hill medieval motte castle is preserved as an upstanding earthwork and will contained archaeological deposits relating to its construction, use and abandonment. The monument provides insight into the character of fortifications during the medieval period and the nature of their subsequent reuse during the post-medieval period. The reputed post-medieval use as a cockpit, a venue for staging cock fights, adds significance to the monument.

History

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Details

The monument includes the remains of a medieval motte situated at the top of a steep slope down to the west bank of the River Lune on the north side of Kirkby Lonsdale. The motte is preserved as an earthwork mound with a height of about 5m surrounded by a slight intermittent ditch with a width of approximately 3m. There is a hollow in the top of the motte which is reputed to have been used as a cockpit during the post-medieval period.

SOURCES PastScape Monument No:- 43975 NMR:- SD67NW18 Cumbria HER:- 2632

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National Grid Reference: SD 61084 78982

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