Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Other/Unknown), and also as a Rejected Masonry Castle

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

Alternative Names
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Civil ParishBurton On Yore

Alleged site of a C12 castle. The published site of the castle is centred in an area of faint ground disturbance with traces of rubble walling protruding above the surface. There are no earthworks or other artificial features. The only features visible are associated with a Medieval or later mill race. (PastScape)

Near Aldbrough Hall is the site of a castle founded by William le Gros, earl of Abemarle, who, in 1138, was created earl of York for the valour he displayed at the battle of the Standard. Mr. Fisher, in his History of Mashamshire, disputes this very generally received opinion, and says that the castle founded by Le Gros stood at Aldburgh, in Holderness. (Bulmer's History and Directory)

Gatehouse Comments

200m south of Aldburgh Hall. Marked Castle (site of) on 1892 OS map. Rejected as a water mill and a mislocation of recorded Aldburgh castle placename. The Holderness Albrough site is also contested although it is clear the historical reference refers to something (probably not a castle) in Holderness, certainly not something in the North Riding.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSE233789
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  • Jackson, M.J., 2001, Castles of North Yorkshire (Carlisle) p. 91
  • Smith, A.H., 1969, Place Names of North Riding of Yorkshire (English Place-Name Society 5) p. 230
  • Page, Wm (ed), 1914, VCH Yorkshire: North Riding Vol. 1 p. 323 online transcription (slight)
  • Bulmer, 1890, History and Directory of North Yorkshire
  • Clark, G.T., 1884, Mediaeval Military Architecture in England (Wyman and Sons) Vol. 1 p. 86 online copy
  • Whellan, T., 1857, History and topography of the city of York and the North Riding of Yorkshire (T Whellan and Co) Vol. 2 p. 369 online copy