Monument record M4371 - Castle Hill, Worksop




Grid reference Centred SK 58278 78828 (123m by 90m)
Map sheet SK57NE
District Bassetlaw
Civil Parish Worksop, Bassetlaw


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

There is a place now invironyd with trees cawlyd the Castle Hille, wher the Lovetoftes had sumtime a castel. The stones of the castel were fette, as sum say, to make the fair lodge in Wyrkesoppe Parke not yet finisshed… But I am of the opinion that that chanons had the ruines of the castel stones to make the closure of their large waulles. (1)
There is no evidence that a Med castle ever stood there, but the earthwork, such as remains, is the work of an earlier age. The remains consist of a ditch which cuts off the promontory, upon which is a flat mound of almost circular plan. (2)
No further evidence, no finds. Adulterine ? Not completed ? (3)
A very fine and large mound, flat top. (5)
Castle motte and small mound to the W situated on a natural outerscarp of red sandstone. Motte has a rectangular plan at first appearance, but measures 46m E/W by 46m N/S across a level top and is at least 4m high on the S side, surrounded by a ditch 10m wide making motte c 12m high on the W side. C19 encroachment has reduced the impressive earthworks. An eroded N edge shows sandstone 8m thick with a horizontal stratigraphy of made hill 2-2.5m thick. Car park encroaches on S side of motte ditch. Otherwise surviving earthwork is well cared for by council. A bailey may have existed bounded by West Gate and arching round to E of Castle Hill between Castle Hill and Bridge Street. (6)
Very large grass mound, approx 50m diameter with steep sides, almost cliff like S and E sides where modern development has nibbled away. Flat topped mound and traces of outworks at W side but much of the original monument has probably been covered or destroyed by modern development. (7)

Data Held: Ground Photograph (Ground photograph). SNT2646.

9 BW print, M13A-M21A, SMR

<1> Smith LT (ed), 1964, The Itinerary of John Leland 1535-1543, p 17 (Published document). SNT220.

<2> VCH, 1906, Notts, p 293 (Published document). SNT1383.

<3> Colquhoun FD, 1974, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT582.

<4> Thoroton Society, 1955, TTS, pp 98-9 (Published document). SNT369.

<5> MOW, 819 (Published document). SNT929.

<6> Hart CR, 1984, AM107 (Unpublished document). SNT754.

<7> Samuels JR, 1986, AM107 (Unpublished document). SNT1231.

Sources/Archives (8)

  • --- Ground photograph: Data Held: Ground Photograph.
  • <1> Published document: Smith LT (ed). 1964. The Itinerary of John Leland 1535-1543. 4. p 17.
  • <2> Published document: VCH. 1906. Notts. 1. p 293.
  • <3> Personal comment: Colquhoun FD. 1974. Pers Comm.
  • <4> Published document: Thoroton Society. 1955. TTS. 59. pp 98-9.
  • <5> Published document: MOW. 819.
  • <6> Unpublished document: Hart CR. 1984. AM107.
  • <7> Unpublished document: Samuels JR. 1986. AM107.

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Record last edited

Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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