Catterick, North Yorkshire

Catterick, North Yorkshire

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Catterick (Catherick archaically), sometimes Catterick Village, to distinguish it from the nearby Catterick Garrison, is a village and civil parish in the Richmondshire district of North Yorkshire, England. It dates back to Roman times, when Cataractonium was a Roman fort protecting the crossing of the Great North Road and Dere Street over the River Swale.

Ptolemy's Geographia of c.150 mentions it as a landmark to locate the 24th clime.

Catterick is thought to be the site of the Battle of Catraeth (c.598) mentioned in the Welsh language poem Y Gododdin. This was fought between Celtic British or Brythonic kingdoms and the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Bernicia. Catraeth was then a seat of the British kingdom of Rheged. Paulinus of York performed baptisms nearby in the River Swale.Marios Costambeys, ‘Paulinus (d. 644)’, Oxford Dictionary of National...
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