Godmanchester town defences

Has been described as a Questionable Urban Defence

There are no visible remains

NameGodmanchester town defences
Alternative Names
Historic CountryHuntingdonshire
Modern AuthorityCambridgeshire
1974 AuthorityCambridgeshire
Civil ParishGodmanchester

Walled Roman Town received earthwork extension to south-west in C9-C11. In Bond's 'of no post-Conquest importance' list.

At Godmanchester the town ditch could have been part of the defence system on the Ouse to create double burghs. Michael Green has traced the town ditch in West Street, East Chadleigh Lane and Earning Street where it followed the Roman defence ditch (Green 1961). Portions of the walls were maintained at least until the eleventh century appear to date to the eleventh- twelfth century, based on the pottery from the section following Earning Street (Green, Site 11, Appendix 2). The area enclosed by the Saxo-Norman town ditch would fit with the later street pattern described in the Hundred Rolls of 1279. (Cambridgeshire Extensive Urban Survey: Godmanchester)

Gatehouse Comments

Roman Walls are recorded in PastScape and the online Cambs HER but without reference to this Saxon work.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTL248703
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  • Salter, Mike, 2013, Medieval Walled Towns (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 157 (slight)
  • Creighton, O.H. and Higham, R.A., 2005, Medieval Town Walls (Stroud: Tempus) p. 59
  • 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 esp plan on p. 105 online copy


  • Creighton, Oliver, 2006, ''Castles of Communities': Medieval Town Defences in England; Wales and Gascony' Ch√Ęteau Gaillard Vol. 22 p. 75-86


  • Cambridgeshire Extensive Urban Survey: Godmanchester. Draft Report 03/04/2003. online copy