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Haw Hill (Morpeth)

Haw Hill motte and bailey castle, Morpeth.
Photo by Harry Rowland, 1980.
Haw Hill motte and bailey castle, Morpeth. Photo by Harry Rowland, 1980.

This monument includes the remains of a medieval motte with a surrounding enclosure or bailey. It stands on a natural hill defending the crossing of the River Wansbeck overlooking the town of Morpeth, which lies to the north. The northern part of the mound has a raised level platform. Excavations in 1830 found carved stones and the foundations of a long narrow building. The castle is believed to have been built by William de Merlay in the late 11th, and the first historical reference to the castle is in 1095. It was burned down in 1216 and replaced by a new castle to the south. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N11068
Historical period: Early Medieval (410 to 1066)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):PHOTOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Haw Hill, Carlisle Park 1999; LANCASTER UNIVERSITY ARCHAEOLOGICAL UNIT
MEASURED SURVEY, Haw Hill, Carlisle Park 1999; LANCASTER UNIVERSITY ARCHAEOLOGICAL UNIT

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Source of Reference
Local History of Morpeth


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