Castle Hill, Dolphinholme

Lancashire Scheduled Monuments: Archaeological Survey

A request was made by Lancashire County Council for a rapid survey to be carried out of five scheduled monuments across Lancashire: Witton Old Hall, Whalley Bridge, Newsholme Old Hall, Castle Hill, Dolphinholme, and Darwen Tramway Reversing Triangle.

Castle Hill, Dolphinholme, was the site of a possible medieval motte and bailey. Very little documentary evidence was found regarding Castle Hill to suggest how or when it was constructed, but it is clear that these earthworks were well positioned within the landscape to defend the river crossing. Unfortunately, the nearby 19th century quarry has destroyed much of the monument.

The full report is available on the Archaeology Data Service website: