Northallerton Burgus Enclosure

Has been described as a Questionable Urban Defence

There are no visible remains

NameNorthallerton Burgus Enclosure
Alternative Names
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Civil ParishNorthallerton

King writes there was a possible burgus enclosure of the castle.

Gatehouse Comments

King generally used the term 'possible' for doubtful sites. The evidence for a defensive enclosure of the town, or even part of the town, is weak. Nothing in the relatively early VCH entry suggests a burgus enclosure. The presumably area for a burgus enclosure would be NE of the Bishop of Durham's castle and palace up to the parish church (at given map reference). This area, although mainly still open, has been extensively changed by its use as a palace and later as a graveyard.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSE367942
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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)
  • Page, Wm (ed), 1914, VCH Yorkshire: North Riding Vol. 1 p. 418-33 online transcription