Middleham Burgus Enclosure

Has been described as a Questionable Urban Defence

There are no visible remains

NameMiddleham Burgus Enclosure
Alternative Names
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Civil ParishMiddleham

Possible burgus enclosure of the castle. (King 1983)

Gatehouse Comments

Not in PastScape in a manner Gatehouse can identify. North Yorkshire HER reference to town which does not mention defences in its online form. It is not clear as to what King was referring and his use of the term 'possible' is almost always restricted to doubtful sites. Nothing in the modern or C19 map suggest a boundary marker. There is a Kirkgate street name but this may be a derived from the Danish gata (street - as in other Yorkshire towns). The town has developed but not massively nor in a manner to suggest destruction of earlier features. What can be said is that if there were defences of the town or even part of the town these were so slight as to be readily removed. However, Middleham Castle, located east of the castle (the town is north of the castle) which now contains a stable for race horses. This almost certainly is a place showing a continuity of purpose (stabling) dating back 900 years rather than a early site of the town. Map reference for parish church.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSE1268788
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  • Creighton, O.H. and Higham, R.A., 2005, Medieval Town Walls (Stroud: Tempus) p. 268
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 535 (possible)