Cusworth Motte Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and lies within Cusworth Hall Park which is Grade II listed on the Historic England Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
It was included on the English Heritage – Heritage at Risk Register 2009 for Yorkshire & Humber Region.
In order to determine the scope of work, materials and methodology – a detailed survey and assessment of the existing condition of the structures was undertaken together with outline repair proposals and rough budget costs. The survey considered the building form, the methods of construction and materials used with reference to the historical development and any changes and adaptations. The report was prepared in accordance with Historic England’s ‘Understanding Historic Buildings: A Guide to Good Recording Practice’
Based on the initial inspection and discussions with Historic England, the scope of works was determined to include;
Vegetation clearance on the Castle Motte, Ha-ha and boundary walls; Repairs to the Ha-ha wall and rebuilding of any collapsed sections and reinstating the boundary walls, as far as possible using the limited supply of existing stones. No new stone to be imported, therefore works are expected only to enable the line and location of the boundary wall to be distinguished on the ground.
Wall sections were numbered so they could be easily identified using an innovative technique of overlaying satellite images on historical map data. A method statement was produced which made reference to traditional dry-stone walling techniques. The proposed works were submitted for and received Scheduled Monument Consent, after which works were carried out on site and completed in early 2019.