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Hunsingore Hall

Hob Uid: 55147
Location :
North Yorkshire
Harrogate
Hunsingore
Grid Ref : SE4285053170
Summary : The remains of a medieval hall located on a raised river terrace overlooking the River Nidd at the southern end of the village of Hunsingmore. The monument occupies a knoll, the south and west sides formed by the natural lie of the land and the east side formed by a deep hollow way. The knoll has steep sides and a flat top which measures 80 metres east to west by 60 metres north to south. The foundations of the medieval hall survive as a sub-rectangular shaped earthwork up to 1.5 metres high in the centre of the site. To the south of the site of the hall there are terraces which are the remains of the formal gardens. The hall is thought to have been built on the site of an earlier defensive earthwork or motte commanding the ancient river crossing. Little is known of the early history of the monument. The manor of Hunsingore was granted to the Knights Templar preceptory at nearby Ribston in 1217 and it may be that the earliest defensive site was a castrum of the order. After the dissolution of the preceptory in 1536 the manor was granted to Henry Goodricke. It was some time after the 1540s that the Goodricke family home was built on the site, probably utilising existing buildings. However, the hall did not last long and it is thought that it was destroyed during the Civil War in the 1640s. Scheduled. This monument is visible as an earthwork on air photos.
More information : (SE 42855317) Hall (NR) (site of) (1)

A large oblong artificially shaped mound, having many points of resemblance to a motte, must be the site of the castrum of the Templars mentioned in a deed. It was the site of the hall of the Goodricke family which was probably destroyed during the Civil War. (2-4)

The mound on which the site falls appears to be a natural hillock. The top has been artificially flattened and a small, rectangular platform raised to receive the Hall. (5)

The site has been listed as a low, angular motte. (6)

SE 429531 Hunsingore Hall (site of). Scheduled No NY/1071. (7)

The remains of a medieval hall located on a raised river terrace overlooking the River Nidd at the southern end of the village of Hunsingmore. The monument occupies a knoll, the south and west sides formed by the natural lie of the land and the east side formed by a deep hollow way. The knoll has steep sides and a flat top which measures 80 metres east to west by 60 metres north to south. The foundations of the medieval hall survive as a sub-rectangular shaped earthwork up to 1.5 metres high in the centre of the site. To the south of the site of the hall there are terraces which are the remains of the formal gardens. The hall is thought to have been built on the site of an earlier defensive earthwork or motte commanding the ancient river crossing. Little is known of the early history of the monument. The manor of Hunsingore was granted to the Knights Templar preceptory at nearby Ribston in 1217 and it may be that the earliest defensive site was a castrum of the order. After the dissolution of the preceptory in 1536 the manor was granted to Henry Goodricke. It was some time after the 1540s that the Goodricke family home was built on the site, probably utilising existing buildings. However, the hall did not last long and it is thought that it was destroyed during the Civil War in the 1640s. Scheduled. (8)

This monument is visible as an earthwork on historic and recent air photos. (9-11)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1958
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Source : The Victoria history of the county of York, volume two
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Source Number : 11
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR SE 4253/8 NMR 20842/08 29-OCT-2008
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Source Number : 3
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Speight H. 1894. Nidderdale, 156
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Source Number : 4
Source : The Yorkshire archaeological and topographical journal
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Page(s) : 296
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 RWE 20-JUN-63
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Source Number : 6
Source : Norman castles in Britain
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Page(s) : 207
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Source Number : 7
Source : List of ancient monuments in England: Volume 1, Northern England; Volume 2, Southern England; Volume 3, East Anglia and the Midlands
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Page(s) : 66
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Source Number : 8
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 19/03/1998
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Source Number : 9
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR RAF/106G/UK1306 4018 26-MAR-1946
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Source Number : 10
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR RAF/58/705 4088 01-JUN-1951
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : From 1217
Monument End Date :
Monument Start Date : 1217
Monument Type : Motte, Terrace, Earthwork
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : After the 1540s
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Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Manor House, House Platform, Formal Garden
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Destroyed in the 1640s
Monument End Date : 1649
Monument Start Date : 1640
Monument Type : Manor House, House Platform
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Uncertain
Display Date : Uncertain
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Monument Type : Natural Feature, Terrace
Evidence : Earthwork

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : NY 1071
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External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 29544
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External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (North Yorkshire)
External Cross Reference Number : MNY18175
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SE 45 SW 5
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 1570296
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1570297
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SE 45 SW 5
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1963-06-20
End Date : 1963-06-20