Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

SKIPSEA CASTLE


SKIPSEA CASTLE
Photo Philip Davis

The 45 foot high motte was constructed in 1086. Much of the castle was surrounded by a lake and the bailey had to be reached across a wooden causeway over marshland. It was destroyed after the Civil War in the middle of the 13th century but earthworks remain, and some traces of stone on the motte.

During the abnormal rains in June 2007, the site flooded giving a good picture as to how the area originally looked.


The motte from Skipsea Brough entrance (visible causeway may be modern) photo Philip Davis The motte from bailey, the outline of the surrounding mere clearly shown by flooding. Photo Philip Davis Bailey rampart photo Philip Davis Inner bailey from base of motte photo Philip Davis
Motte ditch photo Philip Davis Skipsea Brough from top of motte. Photo Philip Davis Bailey and modern causeway from top of motte. Photo Philip Davis Motte top looking north east. Mere extended several miles in this direction in medieval times. Photo Philip Davis

 

Directions
To the west of Skipsea village, 8 miles south of Bridlington

 



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