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methods of attack, the siege of a motte castle was more or less a question of hand-to-hand fighting, in which every advantage rested with the defenders. We know from our experience of present-day warfare against uncivilised tribes what a formidable defence may be offered, even to troops armed with powerful modern firearms, by a thick hedge and a strong stockade sheltering a determined enemy, and we can readily realise the difficulties an early mediæval force would experience in an attempt to capture one of these earth-and-timber strongholds. Even should they succeed in capturing the bailey, the defenders could take refuge in the stockaded citadel on the summit of the motte, from which advantageous position, a position commanding the entire bailey, they could inflict heavy punishment upon their assailants. Practically speaking, the defenders of one of these earth-and-timber castles had only three dangers to fear-fire, treachery, and starvation. An arrow, tipped with burning tow, might set fire, as occurred at Brionne, to the roof of the great hall in the bailey, or even, in very dry weather, to the stockading on the summit of the motte, but this danger was, to a certain extent, minimised by piling up sods, soaked in water, against the exterior face of the stockading, or by covering the timber defences with skins newly flayed or soaked in water. Treachery was always difficult to guard against, and was probably responsible for the capture of many an otherwise impregnable fortress. A prolonged siege by a large force who had possession of the surrounding country might lead to the ultimate surrender of the stronghold through scarcity of victuals, water, or ammunition, but we knowl that the blockade, by the Conqueror, of Hubert de Maine's castle of Ste-Suzanne lasted three years, and that eventually the assailants were compelled to abandon the attack, and there are numerous other instances which prove clearly enough that in case of attack the advantages lay preponderatingly on the side of the defenders.
We may now proceed to examine in more detail the Norman castles of the North Riding, taking them in alphabetical order for convenience in reference. The writer feels that some apology is necessary for the amount of space devoted to this catalogue of the Norman castles, the great majority of Castles of the British Isles, p. 345), constructed an earth-and-timber castle which castle was completely demolished in the Island of Rhé, at the mouth of and the motte destroyed in the reign the Garonne (Cal. of Pat. Rolls, 1232of Edward I, when a stone castle was 1247, quoted by Mrs. Armitage, Early built (Mr. Orpen, Eng. Hist. Rev., xxii, Norman Castles, p. 350). 454). Even as late as 1242, Henry III 1 Ord. Vit., vii, 10.
which are now only represented by earthworks, but the bulk of the information given has never previously been placed before the readers of the Journal.
BROMPTON (in Pickering Lythe). Here we have what would certainly appear to be a mutilated motte, and signs of the presence of masonry foundations ; but until the site is excavated it is impossible to say anything definite. Hinderwell, writing in 1798, tells us that the foundations of an ancient castle were then visible on an eminence called Castle Hill," and a local tradition exists to the effect that a castle stood here. At the time of the Survey the manor formed part of the honour of Settrington? (East Riding), held by Berenger de Todeni, and as no traces of a Norman castle exist on the twenty-one manors held by him in the North Riding except at this place, it does not appear unreasonable to suggest that these earthworks may mark the site of a stronghold erected by him during the reign of the Conqueror. Berenger died without issue, and his wife, Albreda, 3 married Robert de L'Isle some time previous to 1115-1118.4 “As early as the reign of Henry I," says Mr. William Farrer, D.Litt., in a letter to the writer, “Brompton had been granted out by Robert de L'Isle to the Cleres, who enfeoffed Eustace FitzJohn, after whose day it descended with Westthorpe and Snainton in the line of Vescy as a member of the Bigod fee.5 The principal demesne of the Cleres was at Sinnington; they were a Norfolk family, and had property in Hampshire also.” Of the history of the castle we know nothing.
History.--At the time of the Survey this manor belonged to Hugh Fitz-Baldric,6 but on his death, late in the reign of
1 D.B., fo. 314. In Brunton Gamel had 6 carucates for geld. Land to 3 ploughs. Now Berenger has i plough there, and 9 villeins with 5 ploughs, and a mill of 5s. A priest and a church and 8 acres of meadow, and underwood 2 furlongs in length and 2 in breadth. T.R.E. it was worth ios., now 20s.
The date of the Lindsey Survey.
Berenger de Todeni's Yorkshire property eventually descended to Hugh Bigod, son and heir of Roger Bigod, by his wife, Adeliz, Berenger's sister.
2 This honour contained 21 manors in the North Riding, aggregating 78 carucates and 5 bovates.
3 Berenger and his wife, Albreda, gave the church of Thorpe Basset and tithes in Settrington to St. Albans (Dugdale's Jon. Angl., ii, 220).
6 Hugh's name appears in 1067 as a witness to a charter of Gerold de Roumare to the nuns of St. Amand, Rouen (Dr. Round, Cal. Doc. of France, 25), and it has been suggested (A. E. Ellis, Yorks. Arch. Journal, iv, 237) that the nuns paid his passage to England to join in the Conquest of the North. He would appear to have had a daughter, who inarried Guy de Craon (Wm. Farrer,
the Conqueror or early in that of Rufus, it came into the possession of Robert de Stuteville, nicknamed “Frontdebos,” i.e. “Oxhead,” who, previous to 1106, gave tithes and a bovate of land here to St. Mary's, York. The original Stuteville Castle was probably at Langton? (East Riding), and Buttercrambe may have been erected c. 1090. Robert was
one of the adherents of Robert, Duke of Normandy, against Henry I, and being taken prisoner at Tinchebrai was imprisoned for life, and his North Riding estates confiscated. William de Stuteville, his son, would appear to have regained possession of a portion of his father's property_including Buttercrambe-and
of the principal commanders at the battle of the Standard. His son, Robert, in II Henry II, certified his knights' fees as eight in number. The old timber castle probably developed into a stone fortress under William de Stuteville--the son of Robert II -in or about the year 1200,6 and remained the property of the family until Joan, daughter and heiress of Nicholas de Stuteville, carried it in marriage to Hugh Wake. Her Inq. p. m. was taken in 1276, when her son and heir, Baldwin Wake, was aged 38.7 Description. This castle occupied a site of considerable
— strategic importance in what is now known as Aldby Park, on the west bank of the Derwent, amid beautiful scenery. Camden 8 tells us that he saw upon the top of the hill what appeared to be the rubbish of an old castle," which statement would go to support the theory that it evolved into a stone castle, but nothing appears to be known of its history. A modern house and garden now occupies the site, and the whole of the earthworks have been so much mutilated that only two small hillocks connected by a bank-possibly part of the bailey enceinte—now remain. D.Litt., V.C.H. of Yorks., vol. ii, p. 177), work near the rectory at Langton may but he does not appear to have had a son. represent Goisfrid's Castle. Mr. Farrer thinks (ibid., p. 178) that 3 Ord. Vit., Eccl. Hist., book xi, he died whilst the summary of the ch. xxi (ed. Le Prevost), iv, 234. Survey was being completed.
4 That William de Stuteville did not i Robert de Stuteville would appear regain the whole of his parental property to have come into possession of the bulk is shown by the fact that in 1200 his of Fitz-Baldric's North Riding demesne grandson, William, claimed certain lands very soon after the Survey (Cal. property against William de Mowbray Chart. R., 1300–1326, p. 114). It is (Roger de Houeden, Rolls Ser., iv, 117). possible that he may have married a 5 He bore the arms :--Barry of twelve daughter of Fitz-Baldric.
argent and gules. 2 Mr. Farrer thinks that Robert de 6 Roger de Houeden, iv, 17. Stuteville's father, Geoffrey de Stuteville, ? William Brown, Yorks. Inquisitions, may have been Goisfrid of Langton, i, 167. one of Fitz-Baldric's feudatories (V.C.H. 8 He wrote in 1582. of Yorks., vol. ii, p. 178), and the earth
At Carlton-in-Coverdale,1 some 900 feet above sea level, is what appears to be an artificial motte of conical shape, which may mark the site of a small outpost castle connected with the fortress of Middleham. Nothing, however, would appear to be recorded as to its history. If there really were a small castle here, it would probably be occupied by a few retainers whose principal duty may have been to protect the shepherds, for the Fitz-Randolphs of Middleham had extensive rights of pasturage in the vale of Kettlewell,3 and there was certainly an ancient road running via Carlton from Middleham to Kettlewell.4
CASTLE LEAVINGTON. (Fig. 1.) History. -At the time of the Survey the manor on which this interesting earthwork stands was the property of the Crown, and was known as Alia Lenton.? Very late in the reign of the Conqueror or early in that of Rufus it was granted, with other property in Cleveland, to Robert de Brus, a baron who would not appear to have come to England until about that time.9 The castle was probably founded early in the reign of Stephen, and its erection may have been due to a desire to defend the outlying parts of the Brus barony during the intestinal disorders of that unhappy period. Like Castleton, the other fortress constructed by Robert de Brus, Castle Leavington was a purely motte stronghold, devoid of a bailey. We shall see, under Castleton, that Henry II took from Adam de Brus his castle and lordship of Danby, and it seems probable that he also compelled him to dismantle his fortress of Castle Leavington. An account of the manor in 1274 makes no mention
1 Carlton is thus mentioned in the Survey, fo. 3116: In Carleton 6 carucates for geld, and 4 ploughs can be (there). Bernulf had a manor there ; now the same (Bernulf) has (it) of the Count, and it is waste. Underwood, with plain land, 4 leagues in length and half (a league) in breadth. T.R.E. it was worth 16s." Mr. William Farrer, D.Litt., in the V.C.H. of Yorks, vol. ii, p. 158, says that Bernulf's manors at a later date were incorporated in the fee of Ribald of Middleham, the ancestor of the Fitz-Randolphs.
2 Such castle would probably consist merely of a shed inside the palisade on the summit of the motte.
3 Mr. William Farrer, D.Litt., says in a letter to the writer : The lords of
Middleham had extensive rights of pasturage in Kettlewelldale over the watershed from Coverdale."
Speight, in his Romantic Richmond. shire, says that the coaches from Richmond to London used to go by this old road through Carlton from Richmond to Kettlewell.
5 The ancient and more correct spelling is Levington.
6 D.B., fo. 3006, col. 2.
? It was not until after the castle was erected in the reign of Stephen that the manor became known as Castle Levington.
: D.B., fo. 3326, col. 1.
Arms: Argent, a lion rampant azure." Brus appears to have come from Bruis, now Brix, near Valognes.
of the castle itself—it was probably then dismantled—but states that “the herbage of Cringeldyk," i.e. the circular ditch," running round the motte was said to be worth half a mark yearly. Some time subsequent to the Brus partition of 1271,2 the manor came into the possession of Nicholas, Lord de Meynell of Whorlton Castle, and about 1290 he appears to have restockaded the old Brus motte, and to have erected a large timber house or keep within the fortified enclosure, which house became the capital messuage. This late thirteenth century castle was simply a reconstruction, on the original lines, of the old Brus fortress of the time of Stephen, and it was certainly occupied down to 15 Richard II, 1391–2, i.e. for about a century, without developing any defences in masonry, and is but one of many instances known to the writer of a typical Norman earth-and-timber castle existing down to a comparatively late date without evolving into a stone fortress.
Description. This remarkably well-preserved motte is situated amid pleasant rural scenery 175 feet above sea level, and 125 feet above the river Leven, which sweeps in a graceful curve round the eastern and northern banks of the nab end or angle of the steep bluff or promontory on which the earthwork stands. It is defended on the north-west, north, east, and south-east by slopes which in places fall away at an angle of 45°, and are everywhere exceedingly steep. On the west,
, south, and south-west the adjacent ground for some distance around is almost level with the motte. This is the only ground
1 Cal. of Close Rolls, 1272-9, p. 134
born 1281, the second son of Nicholas I, 2 In 1281 the manor was the property who had issue a son William, who preof William de Filgeriis, or Fougères deceased him (Esch. 5 Edward III), (Yorks. Inquisitions, i, 221). His son, and a daughter and heiress, Alice, who Andrew, got into the hands of the Jews after her father's death, 23 Edward III, (Cal. of Pat. Rolls, 1281-1292, p. 25), became the owner of Castle Levington. and the manor came into the possession She married, firstly, William de Percy, of the Meynells, possibly by purchase, of Kildale, by whom she had a son, c. 1290.
William, and a daughter, Margaret ; 3 Castle Leavington was probably secondly, Robert de Boulton; and rebuilt by Nicholas, Lord de Meynell thirdly, Walter de Boynton, by whom she of Whorlton Castle, in 1290. He bore had issue a son, Walter de Boynton, the arms “ Azure, three bars gemel and of Castle Levington, who died s.p. a chief or," and was summoned 15 Richard II, 1391-2, when the castle Parliament as a baron 22 to 25 Edward I, reverted to William de Percy, the son of and died c. 28 Edward I (Esch. 28 Alice de Meynell by her first husband. Edward I, p. 38). The castle was proba- On William's death, without issue, the bly occupied for some time by his eldest castle passed to his sister and heiress, son and heir, afterwards Nicholas II ; Margaret, who, c. 1399, married Thomas but about 1300 it became the residence Blanfront. The castle, however, would of Christiana, the eldest daughter of not appear to have been inhabited Nicholas I, who married Robert de after the death, in 1391–2, of Walter de Sproxton, and who, in a North Riding Boynton. Subsidy Řoll for 1301, pays on personalty 4 Brown's Yorks. Inquisitions, Yorks, at Castle Levington. It subsequently Rec. Ser., i, 221. became the residence of John de Meynell,