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There is really very little to see of Melling’s late 11th century motte and bailey castle. It was one of several fortifications established along the Lune valley by the conquering Normans, to impose authority and control the valley. The remains of the motte at Melling can be clearly seen, in the garden of the former vicarage, by looking over the east wall of the churchyard. The castle was abandoned in the late 12th/early 13th centuries and the bailey has been partly covered by the 12th century church of St Wilfred. Despite that, Historic England maintains that “the lack of subsequent occupation on the site means buried structural remains and environmental evidence are likely to survive well.”
NB The motte is on private land and cannot be visited, though it can be seen. Post code is approximate for St Wilfred's Church - there is no parking outside.
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