Yarm Castle

Has been described as a Possible Uncertain

There are no visible remains

NameYarm Castle
Alternative NamesJarum; Maiden Castle
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityStockton on Tees
1974 AuthorityCleveland
Civil ParishYarm

A castle was built on the one exposed side of the town of Yarm. the Hospital of St Nicholas is documented as being 'juxta castellarium'. (PastScape)

At its southern end the town would seem to have been protected by a series of dykes. Henetdyke or Henedyke is mentioned in the late 13th century, and was probably on the west side of the main road. On the east was the Skytering Beck, apparently the small stream that still divides the peninsula from the mainland on this side. This beck may have formed part of the Castledyke that is also mentioned at this time. That there was a stronghold here is evident from a gift of land to the hospital of St. Nicholas juxta castellarium. (VCH)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNZ419126
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  • Salter, Mike, 2001, The Castles and Tower Houses of Yorkshire (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 114
  • Jackson, M.J., 1996, Castles of Durham and Cleveland (Carlisle) p. 70
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 531
  • Page, Wm (ed), 1923, VCH Yorkshire: North Riding Vol. 2 p. 319- online transcription

Primary Sources

  • Dugdale, William (Caley, J., Ellis, H. and Bandinel, B. (eds)), 1817-30 (originally pub. 1655-73), Monasticon Anglicanum (London) Vol. 6.2 p. 637 No. 4 online copy
  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1898, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward II (1313-17) Vol. 2 p. 171 (mention of 'le Casteldike') online copy


  • Creighton, O.H., 1998, Castles and Landscapes: An Archaeological Survey of Yorkshire and the East Midlands (PhD Thesis University of Leicester) p. 529 online copy