NY9393 : Motte & Bailey Castle, Elsdon

taken 11 years ago, near to Elsdon, Northumberland, Great Britain

Motte & Bailey Castle, Elsdon
Motte & Bailey Castle, Elsdon
Mote Hills is probably the best preserved medieval earthwork castle in Northumberland. It was built by Robert de Umfraville, a relative of William the Conqueror not long after the Norman Conquest and stands on a natural spur of a hill. The mound is 15m high and 80m in diameter across the base, and 46m across the top. The motte is surrounded by a strong rampart on the north and east sides, while the west side is protected by steep natural defences dropping to the Elsdon Burn. The bailey lies to the north of the motte and is separated from it by a ditch, some 15m wide. The bailey is almost rectangular and measures 72m long by 48m wide and is strongly defended on all sides by a massive earthen rampart. There is a shallow ditch around the whole castle. It is thought that the Elsdon castle was the predecessor of the family seat at Harbottle
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Elsdon, Northumberland

Elsdon is a village and civil parish in the English county of Northumberland about 10 miles (16 km) to the south-west of Rothbury. The name is derived from the Old English meaning Elli's valley.

Formerly the capital of Redesdale, Elsdon contains a very fine example of a Motte and Bailey Castle, and a near perfect Pele Tower (fortified house of a type found in the border country) which is a private residence.

Geographically, Elsdon lies in Redesdale and, as a market town, was once the primary settlement in the area.

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Date Taken
Friday, 9 December, 2011   (more nearby)
Saturday, 10 December, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands  Village, Rural settlement 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NY 9376 9347 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:14.1237N 2:5.9798W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NY 9375 9357
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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