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Barwick in Elmet


<b>Barwick in Elmet</b>Posted by RhiannonImage © G T Lowe
Also known as:
  • Wendel Hill

Nearest Town:Leeds (10km SW)
OS Ref (GB):   SE3989937615 / Sheet: 104
Latitude:53° 49' 58.63" N
Longitude:   1° 23' 37.24" W

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<b>Barwick in Elmet</b>Posted by Rhiannon


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This is a rather interesting site, because the layout of the Iron Age hillfort now encompasses the remains of a motte and bailey castle. The hillfort enclosed the summits of two adjacent hills, Wendel Hill and Hall Tower Hill.

Pastscape's record rather romantically offers:
The hillfort has been identified by some researchers as the capital of Cartimandua. It has also been interpreted as the capital or chief stronghold of the Kingdom of Elmet and was later owned by Edwin Earl of Mercia.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
29th April 2013ce
Edited 29th April 2013ce