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Killerby Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Kilwardby; Kilwardeby; Killarby

In the civil parish of Killerby.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of North Yorkshire.
1974 county of North Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Yorkshire North Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: SE258960
Latitude 54.35901° Longitude -1.60333°

Killerby Castle has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a probable Masonry Castle, and also as a certain Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.


At Killerby, west of Appleton, may still be traced the foundations of the castle built in a strong position by Brian Fitz Alan, lord of Bedale. (VCH)

Killerby Hall is said to stand on the site of the manor of Kilwardeby for which a licence to crenellate was granted to Brian fitz Alan (III) in 1291. The building which stood here, was in ruins in Leland's time, who wrote " Killarby Castil Ruine in Ripaciter Swalae, about a 2 mile south from Keterick."

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1291 Sept 20 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).


Said to be the site of an earlier motte and bailey but the evidence for this seems slight and may be a confabulation with the nearby motte and bailey of Killerby Castle Hills. The PastScape record suggests there is some question as to the location of the licenced house although there can be little real doubt that it was on, or very near to, the site occupied by Killerby Hall.
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