Aldbrough St John

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

NameAldbrough St John
Alternative NamesAldborough; Albruch
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Civil ParishAldbrough

Between 1536-43 Leland saw at Aldbrough, two miles south of Piercebridge 'great ruins of a house or little castle.' Possibly C13 manor house of Harsculph de Aldborough.

There appere great ruines in a valley of a howse or a litle castel at Albruch village, and thereby rennith a bekke. It standith a ii miles south from Perse Bridg on Tese. (Leland quoted in VCH)

Gatehouse Comments

Map reference for parish church. The lack of remains suggests the house did not have significant earthworks such as a moat.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNZ202110
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  • Jackson, M.J., 2001, Castles of North Yorkshire (Carlisle) p. 91
  • Page, Wm (ed), 1914, VCH Yorkshire: North Riding Vol. 1 p. 127, 130 online transcription


  • Chandler, John, 1993, John Leland's Itinerary: travels in Tudor England  (Sutton Publishing) p. 565
  • Toulmin-Smith, Lucy (ed), 1909, The itinerary of John Leland in or about the years 1535-1543 (London: Bell and Sons) Vol. 4 p. 27 online copy