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Tadcaster Town Defences

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SE48594350
Latitude 53.88550° Longitude -1.26223°

Tadcaster Town Defences has been described as a probable Urban Defence.

There are no visible remains.


Traces of Tadcaster medieval town defences are recorded in C18 and C19, Camden referring to a ditch surrounding the town as a part of the defences of the Roman town. There are now no extant remains. (PastScape)

Hachuring of a bank or terrace shown but not described (which together with property boundaries forms an apparently continuous earthwork on the west side of Tadcaster with a corner formed in the south-west) (OS 6" map 1846-9). Speight refers to 'entrenchments' extending along the lane south-west of 'John Smith's brewery' by St. Joseph's Lane past Castle Hill on the north side where some traces existed. He associates them with the Battle of Tadcaster Bridge in 1642 but Camden refers to a ditch surrounding the town as part of the defences of the Roman town. The town defences at Tadcaster have now disappeared but may have dated from early Norman or a pre-conquest period, the motte probably having been superimposed. (PastScape)

fossarum quibus ambiebatur vestigia (Camden)

Bond records as medieval embankments. These ditches and possible banks may well have been boundary markers and drains rather than defensive. As with most Yorkshire towns the gate road names of Kirkgate and Westgate are from the Danish gata (street) and not a reference to lost gateways. Map reference for parish church.
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