Wilton Castle, Redcar in Cleveland

Has been described as a Certain Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

NameWilton Castle, Redcar in Cleveland
Alternative NamesWilton in Clivelande
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityRedcar & Cleveland
1974 AuthorityCleveland
Civil ParishRedcar

Ralph de Bulmer in 1330 had licence to crenellate his dwelling-house of Wilton, and in 1406 the manor-house was called a castle. As the chief seat of the Bulmers it must have been an important place, and in 1569 Lord Eure mentioned it among the strongholds of the North Riding as standing 'for Cleavland very servesable.' From this time, however, it seems to have gone gradually to ruin. Some remains of it could still be seen at the beginning of the 19th century, but in 1846 even these had disappeared. The present house was built on the old site by Sir John Lowther about 1807 in the Gothic style from designs of Sir Robert Smirke. The park surrounding the castle may have had its beginning in a grant of free warren made to Alan de Wilton in 1204, (fn. 52) but it is first mentioned in 1331. (fn. 53) (VCH)

Gatehouse Comments

Castellated building on site of tower demolished 1807 which may have relic of manor house at 'Wilton in Clivelande' granted licence to crenellate in 1330 to Ralph Bulmer.

- Philip Davis

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OS Map Grid ReferenceNZ581196
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Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1891, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward III (1327-30) Vol. 1 p. 519 (licence to crenellate) online copy
  • Hardy, T.D. (ed), 1837, Rotuli Chartarum, 1199-1216 (Record Commission) p. 127b (grant of free warren) online copy
  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1893, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward III (1330-34) Vol. 2 p. 143, 200 online copy
  • Calendar of inquisitions post mortem 7 Hen. IV, no. 43 (1406 mention as castle)
  • Green, M.A.E. (ed), 1871, 'Addenda, Queen Elizabeth - Volume 15: November 1569' Calendar of State Papers Domestic: Elizabeth, Addenda, 1566-79 (1569 Nov. 8 mention) view online transcription (British History Online subscription required)
  • Rickard, John, 2002, The Castle Community. The Personnel of English and Welsh Castles, 1272-1422 (Boydell Press) (lists sources for 1272-1422) p. 503