Bergh Castle

Has been described as a Certain Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NameBergh Castle
Alternative NamesCornborough House; Cornborough Manor; Cornbrough
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Civil ParishSheriff Hutton

A roughly rectangular moated area measuring about 160.0m north east/south west by 110.0 m transversely. This area has been sub-divided (possibly originally) by a now much silted ditch cutting across it from east to west. The moat is still clearly evident on all four sides though now only partly water filled. Much of it is wet silt and the south corner is completely dry. Part of an inner bank is still evident around the north corner. Access has been by a causeway in the north east corner continuing to another which cuts the dividing ditch just east of centre. Modern farm buidings now exist in the interior and there is no trace of the original houses mentioned. (PastScape ref. Field Investigators Comments–F1 ISS 17-NOV-77)

Gatehouse Comments

Cornborough is a DMV but was a township within the parish of Sheriff Hutton so did not have church and was dominated by the lords of Sheriff Hutton. In 1262 Robert de Twenge or de Thweng received a licence to crenellate his house at 'Bergh'.

- Philip Davis

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Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSE629670
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  • Salter, Mike, 2001, The Castles and Tower Houses of Yorkshire (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 20
  • Jackson, M.J., 2001, Castles of North Yorkshire (Carlisle) p. 2
  • Le Patourel, H.E. Jean, 1973, The Moated Sites of Yorkshire (The Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series 5) p. 118
  • Page, Wm (ed), 1923, VCH Yorkshire: North Riding Vol. 2 p. 173, 179-81 online transcription


  • Beresford, M.W., 1955, Yorkshire Archaeological Journal Vol. 38 p. 296
  • Longstaff, W.H.D., 1859, The Gentleman's Magazine Vol. 9 Part 2 p. 504 online copy

Primary Sources

  • Lyte, H.C. Maxwell (ed), 1913, Calendar of Patent Rolls (1266-72) p. 729 online copy


  • Coulson, C., Handlist of English Royal Licences to Crenellate 1200-1578