English Place-name Society

Survey of English Place-Names

A county-by-county guide to the linguistic origins of England’s place-names – a project of the English Place-Name Society, founded 1923.

Brass Castle

Early-attested site in the Parish of Bingley


Brass Castle, 1849TA ; this name occurs several times (iii, 15 supra , 173, v, 70, vi, 61, 125 infra ), and is supposed to be that used for Roman watch-towers, since some of the sites are near the Roman road from Ilkley to Manchester (J. A. Busfield in BfdAnt i, 112). All are found only in the latest sources and mostly refer to small farms on the moorland; Brass Castle in Morton is merely the name of some moorland enclosures. In no case are they associated with antiquities. The name is therefore likely to be no more than a jocular and pretentious name for a poor farm.

Places in the same Parish

Early-attested site

Other OS name