Melmerby Village

Has been described as a Certain Urban Defence

There are major building remains

NameMelmerby Village
Alternative Names
Historic CountryCumberland
Modern AuthorityCumbria
1974 AuthorityCumbria
Civil ParishOusby

Melmerby... likely examples of enclosed or gated medieval villages. (Creighton and Higham 2005)

Gatehouse Comments

Defensible Village. Typical of communal defence adopted in a number of villages in the Eden Valley. Here the village houses form a part enclosure around the village green, the open side being secured by the Melmerby Beck, which would allow livestock to be secured.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNY613372
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  • Creighton, O.H. and Higham, R.A., 2005, Medieval Town Walls (Stroud: Tempus) p. 269
  • Perriam, Denis and Robinson, John, 1998, The Medieval Fortified Buildings of Cumbria (Kendal: CWAAS Extra Series 29) p. 294 (mention)