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Monument Number 52188

Hob Uid: 52188
Location :
North Yorkshire
Hambleton
Bedale
Grid Ref : SE2652088420
Summary : Alleged site of a medieval castle or hunting lodge. No trace of either structure has been identified.
More information : (SE 26528842) Bedale Castle (NR) (Site of) (1)

The castle is supposed to have been built by Brian Fitz Alan,
Earl of Arundel who died in 1301, and was the younger brother of the Earl of Richmond. Extensive foundations lie beneath the surface in the gardens of Bedale Hall where the castle is said to have stood. (2)

The park at Bedale was in the possession of Brian Fitz Alan in King John's time when a free warren was granted,& in 1251 his son Alan obtained the grant of a market. No mention is made of a castle, but these facts tend to support the existence of one which must have gone out of commission before 1340, when the church tower was fortified. However, during the 13th and part of the 14th centuries; the period when Whellan would have Brian Fitz Alan build the castle, the Fitz Alan family were in residence at Melsonby. The proven existence of a park and a warren at Bedale might suggest that the "castle" was then no more than a hunting lodge, though it may have had a more important role in the mid-12th century when the Fitz Alans first acquired the manor. (3)

A modern road now overlies the published site. No foundations however were encountered during its construction. (4)

Site of castle rejected by Cathcart King. (5)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 25" 1913
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : York & the N Riding 2 1859 102 (Whellan)
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Source Number : 3
Source : The Victoria history of the county of York, North Riding, volume one
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Page(s) : 105,292-4,298
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 BHP 19-DEC-72
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Source Number : 4a
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : RDC surveyor Bedale
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Source Number : 5
Source : Castellarium anglicanum : an index and bibliography of the castles in England, Wales and the Islands. Volume II : Norfolk-Yorkshire and the islands
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Page(s) : 533
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Vol(s) : Feb-83

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Hunting Lodge
Evidence : Documentary Evidence, Conjectural Evidence
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : C13/C14
Monument End Date : 1399
Monument Start Date : 1200
Monument Type : Castle
Evidence : Conjectural Evidence, Documentary Evidence

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SE 28 NE 1
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SE 28 NE 1
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1972-12-19
End Date : 1972-12-19