Kilton, North Yorkshire

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Ruins of the 13th century Kilton Castle

Kilton is a village in the borough of Redcar and Cleveland and the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England.[1] It is part of the civil parish of Lockwood.


The village is recorded in the Domesday Book as Chiltune,[2] which is possibly derived from a combination of Old Norse and Old English of "narrow-valley farm/settlement' or a Scandanavianised form of cilda-tun, 'children's farm/settlement."[3] The village is to the west of Kilton Beck Valley, a narrow cut that carries the Kilton Beck to the sea at Skinningrove.[4] The remains of Kilton Castle lie to the south east and the village is 7 miles (11 km) east of Guisborough and 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south of Brotton.[5]

In the 13th century, Kilton Castle was the base of the rebel Will Wither.[6]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 94 Whitby & Esk Dale (Robin Hood’s Bay) (Map). Ordnance Survey. 2012. ISBN 9780319228999.
  2. ^ "Kilton | Domesday Book". Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  3. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The concise Oxford dictionary of English place-names (4 ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 276. ISBN 0-19-869103-3.
  4. ^ "Kilton Beck from Middle Gill Beck to North Sea". Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Genuki: Brotton, Yorkshire (North Riding)". Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Medieval Teesside" (PDF). Tees Archaeology. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2015.

Coordinates: 54°33′N 0°55′W / 54.550°N 0.917°W / 54.550; -0.917