Near the castle at Conisbrough is a
tumulus, said to be raised over the body of Hengist,
the Saxon general, slain in battle near this place about the year 488 by
Aurelius Ambrosius. According to Matthew
of Westminster, Hengist was captured and later beheaded.
Conisbrough is a parish-town in the upper-division of Strafforth and
Tickhill; 5 miles SW. of Doncaster. Conisbrough seems, even in its earliest history,
to have been a royal residence; hence its British name, Caer Conan, and Saxon one,
Koningsberg or Borough.
Its Castle is supposed to be British. The walls are of a
thickness of 15 feet and has neither portcullis nor the Norman
mode of securing loop holes. In the latter Saxon period, it belonged
to King Harold, and was afterwards given by William the Conqueror to Earl
Warren. The situation of the castle is on the summit of a circular or rather
elliptical hill, the sides of which are now covered with trees.