Huntingdon Town Defences

Has been described as a Possible Urban Defence

There are no visible remains

NameHuntingdon Town Defences
Alternative NamesBar Dyke
Historic CountryHuntingdonshire
Modern AuthorityCambridgeshire
1974 AuthorityCambridgeshire
Civil ParishHuntingdon

Bond puts the defences in his 'of no post-Conquest significance' list.

An excavation investigated an earthwork bank and ditch known as the Bar Dyke, which is thought to be of medieval origin, ridge and furrow and the location of a WW1 Royal Flying Corps training camp. Archaeological features included prehistoric ditches, medieval pits and ridge and furrow. Bar Dyke measured 12m wide and nearly 2.5m deep, its scale suggesting that this phase may date from the Civil War, part of the western defences of the town. Pre-dating it was a ditch, 5m wide and c.1m deep, which is likely to be medieval and may represent the dyke or lane mentioned as Bar Dyke in 14th century documents. (Mortimer, 2005)

Gatehouse Comments

No remains of C9 Saxon defences, refortified in C10 or any possible later additions.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTL240714
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  • Creighton, Oliver, 2006, ''Castles of Communities': Medieval Town Defences in England; Wales and Gascony' Ch√Ęteau Gaillard Vol. 22 p. 75-86
  • Green, 1973, CBA Group 7 Vol. 20 p. 4


  • Cambridgeshire Extensive Urban Survey: Huntingdon. Draft Report 04/05/2004. online copy