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Registered Charitable Incorporated Organisation Number 1155775
SWAAG Honorary President:
Tim Laurie FSA

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 *****SWAAG_ID***** 810
 Date Entered 07/06/2014
 Updated on 07/06/2014
 Recorded by Tim Laurie
 Category Earthworks
 Record Type Archaeology
 Site Access Private
 Record Date 06/06/2014
 Location Carlton in Coverdale
 Civil Parish Carlton Town
 Brit. National Grid SE 0670 8463
 Altitude 250m
 Geology Glacial till over limestones.
 Record Name Carlton in Coverdale. Round Hill- a small Norman Motte.
 Record Description This small but very distinctive and well preserved circular steep sided mound is visible from the roadside through Carlton and is named on the OS 1:25000 map. This steep sided earthen mound would have supported a small timber fortlet, an outpost of the much more considerable and regional Norman Power located close to Middleham at William Hill, the great Motte and Bailey Earthworks which preceded the Medieval Castle. This small Motte was located so as to control the route through Coverdale.
 Dimensions See photgraphs
 Additional Notes This relatively small, steep sided mound does show that Norman Power extended to outposts located so as to control, not only the gateway settlements of Barnard Castle and Richmond at the entrance to the Dales, but also to the Dales themselves. This earthwork may be an element in the systematic local control of the rural Dales population following or contemporary with the harrowing of the North.
 Image 1 ID 5444         Click image to enlarge
 Image 1 Description Round Hill Motte seen from the roadside at Carlton.
 Image 2 ID 5445         Click image to enlarge
 Image 2 Description 
 Image 3 ID 5446         Click image to enlarge
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 Image 4 ID 5447         Click image to enlarge
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 Image 5 ID 5448         Click image to enlarge
 Image 5 Description The Motte may also have been defended by a deep ditch and draw bridge.
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