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MONUMENT NO. 192646

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A Medieval motte, visible as an earthwork mound and ditch, was mapped from aerial photographs taken in 1946. Located on the coastal promontory of Sand Point at Middle Hope, on the ridgeline at the east end of Swallow Cliff; the (scheduled) motte known as Castle Batch is a subcircular earthwork mound about 28 to 30 metres in diameter. At the base of the motte's eastern (landward) edge, a curvilinear ditch is aligned roughly north-south, measuring about 32 metres long and about 1 metre wide. East of this the ground is very uneven, probably as a result of rock quarrying for the mound. The western half of the earthwork has been partially destroyed by the construction of a Second World War building and possibly a buried shelter (HOB UID 1461011/ST 36 NW 29). About 21 metres to the southwest, a linear earthbank bank (HOB UID 1461028/ST 36 NW 30) may also be associated with the motte defences. The motte earthwork mound was still visible on aerial photographs taken in 1985.

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