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Doncaster Castle

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SE57430353
Latitude 53.52578° Longitude -1.13510°

Doncaster Castle has been described as a certain Timber Castle.

There are masonry footings remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Nothing can now be seen of the castle although the former motte has been located under the eastern end of St George's church. it has been shown that the surrounding ditch was 16 feet deep and 30 feet wide. (Hey, 1979) Castle mound stood in north east corner of Roman fort, under east end of present parish church. Angled stretch of churchyard perimeter immediately south of the east end perpetuated line of inner bailey ditch. Outer bailey ditch also located. Motte and ditch had been levelled by C.1200 (Moot Hall (PIN 784) built over ditch) (South Yorkshire SMR)

Doncaster Castle. Excavations in the early 1970s uncovered the remains of two baileys, either an inner and outer or a ringwork with a later bailey. There is no archaeological evidence for a motte, only a bibliographic reference in Camden. It was probably built before 1068 and may have been destroyed on the orders of Henry II at the end of the civil war. (PastScape ref. Buckland and Dolby, 1972)

Motte and bailey or ringwork and bailey was revealed by excavation in the early 1970's, probably built by 1068 and destroyed in Henry II's reign. the faire and large parish church of St George, standing in the very area where once the castle of the town stood long since clean decayed. The dykes partly yet be seen and the foundations of parts of the walls. (Leland)

Leland was probably referring to the walls of the Roman fort on the same site of which a short section of footings remain of a wall 2m thick. Whilst the Norman castle may well have reused some of the original Roman ditching it seems unlikely that enough Roman walls survived to be part of their defences. St George's church started as a castle chapel, the original parish church being St Mary Magdalene, now lost under the Corn Exchange (See Doncaster town defences) being rebuilt, much larger, as a new parish church after 1200.
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