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Grimsby Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Grimesbi; Grymesby

In the civil parish of Grimsby.
In the historic county of Lincolnshire.
Modern Authority of North East Lincolnshire.
1974 county of Humberside.
Medieval County of Lincolnshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: TA266091
Latitude 53.56366° Longitude -0.08975°

Grimsby Castle has been described as a probable Masonry Castle.

There are no visible remains.


Vanished, probably not completed. Commissioned 1200. Stocks of stone and lime sold in 1214. (King)

Most of the £80 allocated to build a castle here in 1200 was not spent, and in 1214 the stone and lime stocks were sold off. (Renn 1973)

Rad' de Bradel' dat domino Reg' xl. marc et j. palefrid' ut sit quietus de custodia operis castelli de Grymesby et ipse reddidit et quiet' clamavit domino Rex vj. bovata terre et vij acra prati et xvj. acra bosci, que saisite fuerint in manum domini Reg' eo quod hominies Grimesby juraver't quod illas in purprestura tenuit. Et remaneant ee ecclisie sue quas ipse similiter dicebatur habuisse in purprestura. Et praeceptum ; viconte quod praedictas vj. bovata terre et vij. acra prati et xvj. acra bosci saisiet in manum Reg' sicut dominicus suum et inde ad scaccarium respondeat. ( Rot. de Oblatis expanded by Philip Davis)

GRIMESBI Item R. r.c. de xxviij m. pro habenda ((totai) petra et calce quam R. habuit qpud Grimesbi de qua proposuit ibi castrum facere. In thes. lib. Et Q.E. (The Great Roll of the Pipe for the sixteenth year of the reign of King John: Michaelmas 1214)

Ralph Bradley gave the king 40 marks and a quality horse (palfrey) to be free from overseeing the work on the castle in 1200 shortly after it had been ordered. Given the loss of an overseer of works early in the building project and the sale of materials in 1214 it seems likely the work was never finished and probably was only just started. Indeed it may be that the six bovates of land, seven acres of meadow and sixteen acres of woodland, mentioned with Ralph's resignation, were intended to be a demense holding for the castle, with the castle built on part of that land and that disputes over the land holding prevented work from ever starting. There is some speculation as to a possible site for this castle but no certain site is know. The given map reference here is to the parish church of St James.
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