Archaeology – Lowe Hill Conservation, History and Much More

A FREE day school on Friday  2nd of June 2017

Venue: Thornes Park College (Wakefield) and the castle itself

Start Time: 10.30

Lowe Hill motte and bailey castle (Thornes Park, Wakefield, UK

Lowe Hill is Wakefield’s hidden castle.  It is situated on the highest point of Thornes Park and the earthworks are currently obscured by trees. The Friends of CHAT (Clarence, Holmfield and Thornes parks) have begun a programme of work which will enhance the historic and amenity values of the site. This FREE day school is aimed at anyone interested in the history and display of earthwork castles and at those who might be interested in volunteering for the Lowe Hill Project.


Topics to be discussed will include:

The history and archaeology of earthwork castles

Problems of management and conservation

Interpreting the past to the public

The role of the volunteer

Keeping volunteers and members of the public







FREE Guided Walk: Lowe Hill Castle, Wakefield

Date: 20th May 2015

Start time: 18.30

Starting Point: CHATS Centre, Wakefield College, Wakefield WF2 84Z

Lowe Hill motte and bailey castle (Thornes Park, Wakefield, UK
Lowe Hill motte and bailey castle (Thornes Park, Wakefield, UK

This free guided walk is sponsored by the WEA (Workers Educational Association) and CHATS (Friends of Clarence, Holmfield and Thornes Parks). It explores the history and archaeology of the motte and bailey castle at Lowe Hill, Wakefield (UK). We will consider how recent archaeological work has contributed to our understanding of the site and discuss the problems of managing large earthwork archaeological sites such as this.

The walk is not difficult but is over grassy parkland. Appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear should be worn.

For further details or to book a place in advance visit the WEA website.

For further details of Thornes Park visit the CHATS website.