Langton Castle

Has been described as a Questionable Timber Castle (Other/Unknown)

There are earthwork remains

NameLangton Castle
Alternative Names
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Civil ParishLangton

King writes "earthworks of possible castle."

The site occupies the W end of a spur overlooking Langton Beck. The work consists of an irregular-shaped, near-level platform bounded by what was apparently a slight low bank, now reduced to an outward facing scarp, but with no internal remains. The deep ditch-like feature along the N side appears to be no more than a hollow-way, representing a former course of the modern road, while a berm at the foot of the spur on the SW end was probably connected with the surface quarrying, which occurs at the NW corner and along the S side of the spur, rather than with the earthwork. From the existing remains, it would appear that the work represented some form of extension to the present village of Langton, possibly a garth, with or without an associated building. (Field Investigators Comments–F1 DS 20-APR-71).

An oval univallate enclosure. This has been eroded by by hollow ways and tracks so that its plan and form are unclear. It is possibly a rare surviving prehistoric enclosure as far as the wolds are concerned (Chris Jones/08-AUG-1995/RCHME/NYCC:Howardian Hills Project). The earthwork described by the previous authorities was mapped from good quality air photographs. However, the date and function of this feature is not clear (Morph No. HH.111.2.1).

An earthwork which may be the remains of a castle documented at Langton (King). (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

The location, beside a village and near parish church, is that of a castle but the form is clearly not usual and the site is somewhat eroded. King used the term 'possible' for sites he had serious doubts about. PastScape quote King as writing 'a castle documented at Langton' which might suggest a reference to a medieval source; King's only reference is l'Anson. A tenurial history would help establish if this was a manorial centre.

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSE794670
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  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 531 (possible)


  • I'Anson, W.M., 1913, 'The castles of the North Riding' Yorkshire Archaeological Journal Vol. 22 p. 333


  • Constable, Christopher, 2003, Aspects of the archaeology of the castle in the north of England C 1066-1216 (Doctoral thesis, Durham University) Available at Durham E-Theses Online
  • Creighton, O.H., 1998, Castles and Landscapes: An Archaeological Survey of Yorkshire and the East Midlands (PhD Thesis University of Leicester) p. 605 online copy