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Elsdon Castle

Coordinates: 55°14′08″N 2°05′51″W / 55.2356°N 2.0974°W / 55.2356; -2.0974

Elsdon Castle
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NY939935
List of places: UK • England • Northumberland

Elsdon Castle is a castle in the village of Elsdon about 10 miles (16 km) to the southwest of Rothbury, in Northumberland, England, and also known as Mote Hills. The site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.


It is the best preserved medieval motte and bailey castle site in Northumberland. It was built by Robert de Umfraville, not long after the Norman Conquest and stands on a natural spur of a hill. Impressive earthworks remain.

Elsdon Castle is thought to have been abandoned after it was superseded by the nearby Harbottle Castle.

Legend has gathered around the castle. According to one tale a Danish giant lived on the hill and terrorised the neighbourhood. It is tempting to rationalise this as a memory of Siward the Dane, earl of Northumberland in the reign of Edward the Confessor.[1]

Elsdon Tower is nearby: a pele tower dating from the late 14th or early 15th century, which was also built by the de Umfravilles.

See also

References

  • Fry, Plantagenet Somerset, The David & Charles Book of Castles, David & Charles, 1980. ISBN 0-7153-7976-3

External links

  • Images of Elsdon Castle
  • Elsdon Castle
  • GENUKI (accessed: 27 November 2008)
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