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Sitlington Castle Gate placename

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Sitlington.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of Wakefield.
1974 county of West Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Yorkshire West Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: SE284176
Latitude 53.65415° Longitude -1.57177°

Sitlington Castle Gate placename has been described as a Uncertain although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


Field names containing elements implying the existence of a Medieval road and of an earthwork site of uncertain type and date in the area. The fields themselves do not appear to be topographically suitable for a castle. (West Yorkshire HER)

Possible Early Castle
Situation: The NGR denotes an area of gently sloping ground on the north side of the Calder Valley south of Horbury, in a zone disturbed by a railway cutting and the Horbury Junction Iron Works.
Preservation: There is no above-ground evidence for a former castle.
Description: Marginal evidence exists for an early castle site at Sitlington; the place names ‘Castle Yate Close’ and ‘Castle Gate’ are recorded in 1719, and the name ‘Castle Hill’ and ‘Castle Hill Farm’ are still to be found in the area. (Creighton 1998)

If this field names does relate to a medieval castle then it is most likely as having some relationship to the demense holdings of a castle rather than as the site of a castle itself.
Sitlington is one of many place-names that have been bowdlerized in fairly recent years by bourgeoisie prudes with absolutely no respect for genuine cultural heritage.
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