Dunstable Town Defences

Has been described as a Possible Urban Defence

There are no visible remains

NameDunstable Town Defences
Alternative Names
Historic CountryBedfordshire
Modern AuthorityBedfordshire
1974 AuthorityBedfordshire
Civil ParishDunstable

Medieval defences of earthen banks or boundary ditch. No remains. (Bond)

Gatehouse Comments

The town, on Watling Street and with a substantial priory, was not unimportant but the surrounding ditch is unlikely to have been anything more than a boundary marker and drain.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTL019219
Latitude51.8860206604004
Longitude-0.520900011062622
Eastings501900
Northings221900
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Books

  • Creighton, O.H. and Higham, R.A., 2005, Medieval Town Walls (Stroud: Tempus) p. 258
  • Bond, C.J., 1987, 'Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Defences' in Schofield, J. and Leech, R. (eds) Urban Archaeology in Britain (CBA Research Report 61) p. 92-116 online copy
  • Page, Wm (ed), 1912, VCH Bedfordshire Vol. 3 p. 349-64 online transcription

Journals

  • Creighton, Oliver, 2006, ''Castles of Communities': Medieval Town Defences in England; Wales and Gascony' Ch√Ęteau Gaillard Vol. 22 p. 75-86

Other

  • Albion Archaeology, 2003 (edited January 2005), Extensive Urban Survey - Bedfordshire and Luton (Bedfordshire County Council and English Heritage) Download copy