Skipsea Brough Defences

Has been described as a Certain Urban Defence

There are earthwork remains

NameSkipsea Brough Defences
Alternative Names
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityEast Riding of Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityHumberside
Civil ParishSkipsea

Planted settlement known as Skipsea Brough is assumed to have been founded c. 1135, although first referred to between 1160 and 1175.

Gatehouse Comments

On the ridge to the SW, an enclosure formed by a massive bank and ditch but open on the side backing towards the motte and bailey, may be the site of Skipsea Brough. A cluster of houses outside the SE entrance bears the name Skipsea Brough today. The precise relationship with the nearby village of Skipsea is unclear. However while the village now seems close to the castle, making the foundation of a new town seem pointless, in the period when the castle was active much of the area was underwater, wholly or seasonally, in practice cutting the village off from the castle See Skipsea Castle

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTA161547
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