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Collyweston House

Hob Uid: 325208
Location :
Northamptonshire
East Northamptonshire
Collyweston
Grid Ref : SK9945002870
Summary : The visible remains of Collyweston House include earthworks, garden terraces, two fishponds and park boundary banks. Collyweston House and its associated park were built 1412-1441. The house was enlarged or rebuilt in the late 15th century and the park was enclosed. In 1720 the house was demolished and the park was disparked. Between 1780 and 1782 the building materials were removed from the site. No structural remains of Collyweston House have survived. The only remains are earthworks, including terraces, probably for gardens, and two fishponds fed by natural springs with earth banks up to 3.5m high. The boundaries of the park also survive as fragmentary low banks. Collyweston was probably built by Sir William Porter and it became a royal palace, where Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII, stayed.
More information : [SK 9945 0287] MANSION [GT] (Site of)

[SK 9930 0280] FISH POND [GT] (1)

The Castle at Collyweston was probably built by Sir William Porter during the reign of Henry V and Henry VI [1413-1461]. The building later became a royal palace being the residence of Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII.

About 1741 the structure was described as ruinous but comprising a great hall, tower, dungeon and kitchen. (2)

No structural remains were noted. during field investigation.
The fishponds have been surveyed. (3)

No change. (4)

Collyweston house built 1412-1441. Enlarged or rebuilt late
fifteenth century. Adjacent pt 1412-1441. Enlarged or rebuilt late
fifteenth century. Adjacent park enclosed during fifteenth century.
1720 house pulled down and park disparked. Materials removed 1780-82. House site enclosed by seventeenth or eighteenth century stone wall: no other structural remains. Earthworks include terraces, probably for gardens, and two fishponds fed by natural springs with earth banks up to 3.5m high. Park boundaries survive as fragmentary low banks. (5-11)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1958
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Source : Associated Architectural Societies' reports and papers [Lincoln, York, Northampton, Bedford, Worcester, Leicester and Sheffield ]
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Vol(s) : 28, 1905
Source Number : 11
Source : The history of the King's Works, volume 4 : 1485-1660 (Part 2)
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 BHS 05-DEC-61
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 JB 10-JAN-69
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Source Number : 5
Source : An inventory of the historical monuments in the County of Northampton. Volume I: archaeological sites in north-east Northamptonshire
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Source : The Victoria history of the county of Northampton: volume two
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Source Number : 7
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Northants Record Office Collyweston Tithe Map 1842
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Northants Record Office Collyweston Enclosure Map 1842
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Source Number : 9
Source : RCHME: Deer Parks in Easton-On-The-Hill, Collyweston and Wadenhoe, Northamptonshire
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Source : RCHME: Earthworks of Collyweston House, Gardens, Fishponds and Pillow Mounds
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Built 1412-1441
Monument End Date : 1441
Monument Start Date : 1412
Monument Type : Garden Terrace, Fishpond, Boundary Bank, Country House, Park
Evidence : Earthwork, Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Enlarged and encolsed late 15thC
Monument End Date : 1500
Monument Start Date : 1467
Monument Type : Country House, Park
Evidence : Documentary Evidence, Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Demolished & disparked 1720
Monument End Date : 1720
Monument Start Date : 1720
Monument Type : Country House, Park
Evidence : Documentary Evidence, Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Stone robbed 1780-2
Monument End Date : 1782
Monument Start Date : 1780
Monument Type : Country House
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : NN 186a
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External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : NN 186b
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External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : NN 186c
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SK 90 SE 6
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 543982
Relationship type : Is referred to by

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SK 90 SE 6
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1961-12-05
End Date : 1961-12-05
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SK 90 SE 6
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1969-01-10
End Date : 1969-01-10
Associated Activities : Primary, PARK FARM, COLLYWESTON
Activity type : EVALUATION
Start Date : 2006-01-01
End Date : 2006-12-31