Penwortham Castle

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Penwortham Castle
Penwortham, Lancashire in England
Castle hill motte.jpg
The motte
Penwortham Castle is located in the Borough of South Ribble
Penwortham Castle
Penwortham Castle
Location in the Borough of South Ribble
Coordinates 53°45′22″N 2°43′24″W / 53.7560°N 2.7234°W / 53.7560; -2.7234
Type Castle
Site history
Built Mediaeval
In use Until 1232 (1232)
Official name Castle Hill motte
Designated 26 November 1969
Reference no. 1011868

Penwortham Castle was built on the south bank of the River Ribble, at Penwortham to the west of Preston, Lancashire, England, at grid reference SD524291. The site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.[1]

It was built shortly after the Norman conquest as a motte castle by Roger of Poitou. It served to guard the estuary of the river and a ford crossing it. When Roger built Lancaster Castle, Penwortham declined in importance. Now only the mound remains.


  1. ^ Historic England. "Castle Hill (42566)". PastScape. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  • Fry, Plantagenet Somerset, The David & Charles Book of Castles, David & Charles, 1980. ISBN 0-7153-7976-3
  • Gooderson, P J, A History of Lancashire, Batsford, 1980. ISBN 0-7134-2588-1