Repton Village Defences

Has been described as a Questionable Urban Defence

There are no visible remains

NameRepton Village Defences
Alternative Names
Historic CountryDerbyshire
Modern AuthorityDerbyshire
1974 AuthorityDerbyshire
Civil ParishRepton

Enormous defensive ditch centered on church built by Vikings in 9C possible still in use in C11. No visible remains. Viking defended compound and probable slipway at Repton, constructed to over-Winter the Vikings during 873-4. The D-shaped enclosure was open on the North-West side where the River Trent formed the boundary. St Wystan's Church was incorporated in the South-East side, in effect providing a defended gateway to the enclosure. Five Viking inhumations lay to the North-West of the church, within the enclosure, and two lay South of the church on the line of the enclosure bank. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

This seems to be a record of the initial find of a ditch made by Martin and Birthe Biddle in 1985 which they latter found to be a post-Conquest motte and bailey castle.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSK303272
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Calculate Print


  • Biddle, Martin and KjĂžlbye-Biddle, Birthe, 1992, 'Repton and the Vikings' Antiquity Vol. 66 p. 36-51
  • 1985, Medieval Archaeology Vol. 29 p. 168 online copy

Guide Books

  • Repton Village History Group, 1982, Repton Trail


  • Dave Barrett, Gill Stroud, 2009, Extensive Urban Survey - Derbyshire (English Heritage) Download copy