Sitlington Castle Gate placename

Has been described as a Questionable Uncertain

There are no visible remains

NameSitlington Castle Gate placename
Alternative NamesShitlington
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityWakefield
1974 AuthorityWest Yorkshire
Civil ParishSitlington

Field names containing elements implying the existence of a Medieval road and of an earthwork site of uncertain type and date in the area. The fields themselves do not appear to be topographically suitable for a castle. (West Yorkshire HER)

Possible Early Castle

Situation: The NGR denotes an area of gently sloping ground on the north side of the Calder Valley south of Horbury, in a zone disturbed by a railway cutting and the Horbury Junction Iron Works.

Preservation: There is no above-ground evidence for a former castle.

Description: Marginal evidence exists for an early castle site at Sitlington; the place names ‘Castle Yate Close’ and ‘Castle Gate’ are recorded in 1719, and the name ‘Castle Hill’ and ‘Castle Hill Farm’ are still to be found in the area. (Creighton 1998)

Gatehouse Comments

If this field names does relate to a medieval castle then it is most likely as having some relationship to the demense holdings of a castle rather than as the site of a castle itself. Sitlington is one of many place-names that have been bowdlerized in fairly recent years by bourgeoisie prudes with absolutely no respect for genuine cultural heritage.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSE284176
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  • Smith, A.H., 1961, The Place-Names of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Part 2 Osgoldcross and Agbrigg Wapentakes (English Place-Name Society 31) p. 209


  • Creighton, O.H., 1998, Castles and Landscapes: An Archaeological Survey of Yorkshire and the East Midlands (PhD Thesis University of Leicester) p. 772 online copy
  • Shitlington A (1719), field no. 18A; Shitlington B, field no. 18B
  • Shitlington Tithe Award map, field no. 921