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Skelton Townscape Heritage Scheme

Skelton has been successful in gaining lottery funding for a township heritage scheme. As part of this scheme Tees Archaeology is working with Skelton History Group on a building recording project, an investigation of an earthwork complex and an oral history project.




‘Snapshot in Time’ is a project to record the buildings of the historic core of Skelton as it exists at the moment. Over three years a team of volunteers are recording the buildings at the centre of Skelton to create a digital archive of the settlement. The third and last year of recording will take place in 2018.

An oral history project is being led by Skelton History Group and supported by Tees Archaeology. This will interview at least six people to record aspects of the changes that have taken place at Skelton over recent decades.








Boroughgate is an area of earthworks at the western end of Skelton opposite the castle and old church. These are thought to be the remains of an unsuccessful attempt by the Brus family to found a town at the gates of the castle.

Earthworks at Boroughgate, Skelton

Tees Archaeology and a team of volunteers carried out geophysical survey and earthwork survey in 2016 and 2017, and a report is available here. In 2018 two weeks of excavations will take place on these earthworks.

Earthwork survey at Boroughgate, Skelton




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