It lies in a plain watered by the river Ouse, at the junction of the Foss stream with the main river.
For a short distance the river Foss took the place of a wall.
BROOKE FOSS WESTCOTT (1825-1901), English divine and bishop of Durham, was born on the 12th of January 1825 in the neighbourhood of Birmingham.
The descent of the priest into the sacrificial foss symbolized the death of Attis, the withering of the vegetation of Mother Earth; his bath of blood and emergence the restoration of Attis, the rebirth of vegetation.
The castle stands in the angle between the Ouse and the Foss immediately above their junction.