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Monument Number 53782

Hob Uid: 53782
Location :
North Yorkshire
Harrogate
North Stainley with Sleningford
Grid Ref : SE3017073670
Summary : Earthwork remains of a moat and other possible settlement remains in the form of a rectilinear enclosure, robber trenches, ditches and scarps and some possible later features are visible on air photo. The ruined remains of a possible tower once stood on the moated island.
More information : [SE 3018 7365] Moat [G.T.] (1)

The small island of the moated earthwork at North Lees is considerably raised above the natural level and there are the vestigia of what would seem to have been a large drum tower, which occupies almost the entire width of the north end through which passed the approach. It is locally spoken of as Roman but traces of the usual feeders and water courses show it to be mediaeval. It stands in Ripon Parks and perhaps represents a keeper's lodge provided with a look-out tower. (2)

The moated feature shows clearly and what may be the outline of associated buildings possibly associated with the site appear to the north west.
Resurveyed at 1:2500 (3)

The moat is now dry, and is little more than a superficial depression. The central platform, has an average height of 1.0m. No foundations are visible, but some isolated stones are evident at the northern end. Surrounding the moated feature are the remains of an outer enclosure.

A further series of slight banks and baulks to the north and west are probably the remains of associated cultivation and pastoral enclosures. Survey of 6.5.62 checked and correct. (4)

SE 302737. Moat listed by Le Patourel. (5)

Listed as a possible castle by Cathcart King. (6)

Elements of this site are visible as earthworks on historic air photos and more recent lidar-derived images. The moat is located at SE 3017 7368, its inner platform measures approximately 36x16m. At its northern end there is a small sub-circular depression, which is perhaps the robber trench identified by authority 2. There is, as authority 4 indicates, a trace of an outwork or outer enclosure of rectilinear form visible at SE 3015 7365. There are traces of other ditches and banks to the west of the moat and these may be the remains of a settlement and some possible later features. (7-9)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1957
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Source Number : 2
Source : Earthwork of England : prehistoric, Roman, Saxon, Danish, Norman, and mediaeval
Source details : Earthwork of England (A.H. Allcroft) 1908 pp 464-6 (plan)
Page(s) : 464-466
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 RDL 01-DEC-61
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Source Number : 3a
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : A.P.s (RAF 1066 UK 1306 4264-5)26 Mar. 1946
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 RWE 15-FEB-64
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Source Number : 5
Source : The moated sites of Yorkshire
Source details : Md Arch Soc Monograph No 5 'Moated Sites of Yorks'1973 126 (H E J Le Patourel)
Page(s) : 126
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Vol(s) : no.5
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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Source Number : 7
Source : Oblique aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR SE 2973/2 NMR 12626/21 02-FEB-1995
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Source Number : 8
Source : Light detection and ranging (lidar) airborne survey
Source details : LIDAR SE3072 ENVIRONMENT AGENCY D0017669 3-MAY-2001
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Source Number : 9
Source : Oblique aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NYCC CUCBSC66 30-JAN-1975
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Moat, Enclosure, Watch Tower, Pele Tower, Castle, Ditch, Rectilinear Enclosure, Robber Trench, Hollow, Scarp, Settlement
Evidence : Earthwork, Conjectural Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Bank (Earthwork), Ditch
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (North Yorkshire)
External Cross Reference Number : MNY19825
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SE 37 SW 22
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SE 37 SW 22
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1961-12-01
End Date : 1961-12-01
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SE 37 SW 22
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1964-02-15
End Date : 1964-02-15