Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

BARWICK IN ELMET CASTLE


BARWICK IN ELMET CASTLE
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The first defence was a large Iron Age hillfort which enclosed the tops of two adjacent hills, Wendel Hill and Hall Tower Hill. A motte and bailey castle was built at the southern end of the hillfort on Hall Tower Hill and comprised a 50 feet high motte surrounded by a deep ditch 50 feet wide and a bailey which extended to the north and east. Some of the original defences have now been built over. The castle was built by the de Lacy family, who also held the motte and bailey castle at Almondbury.


 

Directions
5 miles east of Leeds, between the A1(M), M1 and A64
Barwick in Elmet, Leeds, Yorkshire LS15 4JN

 



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