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Langton Castle

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SE79436701
Latitude 54.09287° Longitude -0.78703°

Langton Castle has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.


King writes "earthworks of possible castle."

The site occupies the W end of a spur overlooking Langton Beck. The work consists of an irregular-shaped, near-level platform bounded by what was apparently a slight low bank, now reduced to an outward facing scarp, but with no internal remains. The deep ditch-like feature along the N side appears to be no more than a hollow-way, representing a former course of the modern road, while a berm at the foot of the spur on the SW end was probably connected with the surface quarrying, which occurs at the NW corner and along the S side of the spur, rather than with the earthwork. From the existing remains, it would appear that the work represented some form of extension to the present village of Langton, possibly a garth, with or without an associated building. (Field Investigators Comments–F1 DS 20-APR-71).
An oval univallate enclosure. This has been eroded by by hollow ways and tracks so that its plan and form are unclear. It is possibly a rare surviving prehistoric enclosure as far as the wolds are concerned (Chris Jones/08-AUG-1995/RCHME/NYCC:Howardian Hills Project). The earthwork described by the previous authorities was mapped from good quality air photographs. However, the date and function of this feature is not clear (Morph No. HH.111.2.1).
An earthwork which may be the remains of a castle documented at Langton (King). (PastScape)

The location, beside a village and near parish church, is that of a castle but the form is clearly not usual and the site is somewhat eroded. King used the term 'possible' for sites he had serious doubts about. PastScape quote King as writing 'a castle documented at Langton' which might suggest a reference to a medieval source; King's only reference is l'Anson. A tenurial history would help establish if this was a manorial centre.
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