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Scarborough Bulwark

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

OS Map Grid Reference: TA044888
Latitude 54.27671° Longitude -0.39737°

Scarborough Bulwark has been described as a certain Artillery Fort.

There are no visible remains.


At the south-east corner of the town, on the shore, there is a bulwark which the buffeting of the sea has thrown into ruins. It was constructed by Richard III ... A freshwater stream flows into the sea past the bulwark on its south-east side. (Chandler 1993 - transcription and modernisation of Leland)

At the south est point of Scarburgh toun by the shore is a bulwark, now yn ruine by the se rage, made by Richard the 3. that lay a while at Scardeburg Castelle, and, beside, began to waul a pece of the toun quadrato saxo.
Ther cummith by south este of the bulwark a rill of fresch water, and so goith ynto the se. (Toulmin-Smith transcription of Leland)

This is shown on C16 map of Scarborough, as a small round crenellated tower, but seems to have missed attention in most studies of early artillery works (These tend to focus on Henrician works and, therefore, miss out earlier artillery works). A cannon on a flatbed without wheels, next to a small hut, is also shown on the end of the pier and another piece is shown within the castle bailey. The map is crude and doesn't allow for a precise location. Given reference is approximate.
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