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Loftus Castle Cliff

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Loftus .
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of Redcar & Cleveland.
1974 county of Cleveland.
Medieval County of Yorkshire North Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: NZ72191811
Latitude 54.55314° Longitude -0.88537°

Loftus Castle Cliff has been described as a probable Timber Castle.

There are no visible remains.


A mound, possibly a ringwork, at Loftus was destroyed in 1892. (PastScape)

A Castle Cliff placename is recorded in the VCH as an ancient placename (Chan. Inq. p.m.).

There was a castle placename and an earthwork of some form at Loftus. The castle placename may refer to the manorial centre rather than a military fortified building although such manorial centres often did have some defences. The tenurial history is that Loftus was sub-tenanted from the Earl of Chester (and later the Percy's) but by 1278 the manor house had been granted to Gisborough Priory. This would have stopped any possibility of the small ringwork castle developing into a stone castle.
Gatehouse has not yet been able to locate this site precisely. Possibly within the grounds of Loftus Hall which seem to have been developed since the 1890's. This would certainly be the most likely place for the medieval manorial centre. The given map reference is for the parish church which lies immediately East of the site of Loftus Hall.
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This record last updated 26/07/2017 09:21:02

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