Ripon Town Defences

Has been described as a Questionable Urban Defence

There are no visible remains

NameRipon Town Defences
Alternative Names
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Civil ParishRipon

Bond list Ripon as a 'New post-Conquest medieval defensive circuits and medieval extensions to earlier circuits, consisting only of gates and/or earthen defences' of C13 date earthen defences, position largely or whole unknown, with no documentary record and limited excavation undertaken or reported since 1970.

Gatehouse Comments

This seems particularly weak evidence for defences. The archaeological excavation are not referenced and the EH Excavation index does not include any reference to defensive features in Ripon, although some boundary ditches of various ages are recorded. Map reference for Cathedral which presumably was within these presumably defences.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSE314711
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  • Creighton, O.H. and Higham, R.A., 2005, Medieval Town Walls (Stroud: Tempus) p. 268
  • Bond, C.J., 1987, 'Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Defences' in Schofield, J. and Leech, R. (eds) Urban Archaeology in Britain (CBA Research Report 61) p. 92-116 online copy