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Monument Number 52355

Hob Uid: 52355
Location :
North Yorkshire
Hambleton
Kirkby Fleetham with Fencote
Grid Ref : SE2847094280
Summary : Remains of a motte and bailey castle, licenced in 1314, and adjacent earthworks. The motte is roughly square, with a level top which retains traces of building remains in its southern half. A steep-sided moat surrounded the motte. The bailey lies to the south east and contains a number of earthworks which are believed to represent the remains of buildings and other features. A depression to the east of the bailey is interpreted as the silted remains of a fishpond. Further earthworks, north of this depression, mark the sites of three tofts, part of the medieval settlement of Fleetham.
More information : SE 2847 9428. Hall (NR) (Site of). Moat (NR). (1)

In 1314, Sir Henry Scrope reconstructed the old fortalice at Fleetham, lowering the motte and erecting a stone castle. (2)

Castle, west of Post Office; moat and some little walling survive. Licence to crenellate granted in 1314. (3)

Remains of a motte and bailey resurveyed at 1:2500. (4)

SE 284 942. Moated site south of Three Tuns Inn. Scheduled No. NY 727. (5)

Listed by Cathcart King. (6)

SE 28549423. Remains of a motte and bailey castle and adjacent earthworks. The motte is roughly square, with a level top which retains traces of building remains in its southern half. A steep-sided moat surrounded the motte. The bailey lies to the south east and contains a number of earthworks which are believed to represent the remains of buildings and other features. A depression to the east of the bailey is interpreted as the silted remains of a fishpond. Further earthworks, north of this depression, mark the sites of three tofts, part of the medieval settlement of Fleetham. Scheduled. (7)

The features described by authority 7 above are visible as earthworks on historic vertical and oblique air photographs. The motte is centred at SE2848 9428 and measure approximately 50x47m. It is abutted to the east by the sub-oval bailey, which measures 66x55m. Within the bailey at SE 2851 9423 there is a large rectilinear hollow that may be the platform for the buildings noted above. East of the bailey at SE2862 9423 are other earthworks that may relate to the fishpond and tofts also noted above. Also observed on the air photographs are ditches or water channels running into and out of this complex at SE2842 9422, SE2846 9433, SE2855 9418 and SE2861 9426, though some of these may be of later date. Overall the lidar-derived image suggests that these features survived as earthworks until at least 2006. (8-9)


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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" map, 1919
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Source : The Yorkshire archaeological journal
Source details : (W I'Anson)
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Vol(s) : 29 - 1927
Source Number : 3
Source : Yorkshire, the North Riding
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Vol(s) : 1966
Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : Field Investigator, RE, 08-DEC-1971
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Source Number : 5
Source : County list of Scheduled Monuments : March 1994
Source details : North Yorkshire
Page(s) : 14
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Source Number : 6
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) : 519
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Vol(s) : Feb-83
Source Number : 7
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : EH Scheduling amendment, 16-JUL-2003
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Source Number : 8
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR RAF/CPE/UK1884 4024 06-DEC-1946
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Source Number : 9
Source : Light detection and ranging (lidar) airborne survey
Source details : LIDAR SE2894 ENVIRONMENT AGENCY D0057150 10-FEB-2006
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Motte, Moat, Building Platform, Ditch, Fishpond, Toft, Settlement, Bailey, Bank (Earthwork), Water Channel
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : License to crenellate in 1314
Monument End Date : 1314
Monument Start Date : 1314
Monument Type : Fortified House
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Bank (Earthwork), Water Channel
Evidence : Earthwork

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : NY 727
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 34728
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (North Yorkshire)
External Cross Reference Number : MNY21748
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SE 29 SE 2
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SE 29 SE 2
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1971-12-08
End Date : 1971-12-08