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Aldbrough 'castle'

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Aldbrough.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of East Riding of Yorkshire.
1974 county of Humberside.
Medieval County of Yorkshire East Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: TA245387
Latitude 53.82997° Longitude -0.11122°

Aldbrough 'castle' has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are no visible remains.


Situation: The most likely site for the castle is a minor ridge-top to the north-west side of Aldbrough village, on the Withemwick Road where the place-name ‘Castle Hill’ appears on OS maps.
Description: No extant remains on the ground; documentary evidence only.
Documentation: The church and tithes of a castle at Aldborough, (de castello, de Aldeburgo), mentioned in a charter as being granted to the monks of St. Martins, Albermarle by King Stephen in 1115. (Creighton 1998)

The tradition that there was a castle at Aldbrough is based on a misreading of a charter of 1115, the castle referred to there being almost certainly that of Skipsea. Castle hill was named in the mid 19th century, and Castle Park, a housing estate recently built in 1991, continues the tradition (E.Y.C. iii, pp. 30-2; Poulson, Holderness, ii. 3, 5, 24). (VCH 2002)

Aldbrough is the supposed site of a castle. It is supposed to have been in existence in 1115 as a grant made by Stephen Earl of Albermarl to the monks of St Martin de Albermarl of tenths of the castle. The C11 Church, a saxon foundation, is at TA245387 and the site was the principle residence of the Powerful Saxon Thane Ulf.
Reputed to have been washed out to see centuries ago. However a 'Castle Hill' place-name is shown 500m West of the church in a position which would be entirely usual for an early motte (TA238388). Has also been suggested that moat and earthworks at Bewick (Tup Hill - TA23293942) may be site but this is unlikely since Bewick is a distinct settlement from Aldbrough and was held by the de Melsas (Meaux) family.
Given map reference for parish church.
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