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Upsall Castle

Hob Uid: 55476
Location :
North Yorkshire
Hambleton
Upsall
Grid Ref : SE4562086860
Summary : Remains of a 14th century quadrangular castle, begun in 1327, fishponds and the site of a possible Norman castle. Demolished in the civil war and in ruins by 1660. It was replaced by a 17th century manor house which was in turn replaced by the present house in the 19th century. Only parts of the south castle wall and fragments of two angle towers survive. Scheduled.
More information : (SE 453869) Remains of (NAT)
Upsall Castle (NR) Moat (NR)
(SE 45628686) Remains of Fish Ponds (NAT) (1)

Upsall Castle was probably begun in 1327 and said to have been demolished during the Civil War. Last mentioned in 1660 when it was probably in ruins. (2)

The present house is on the site of the Md castle. The retaining wall of the terrace S of the house is part of the outer wall of the old castle; the lower stage of the SE corner tower also survives. (3)

The remains noted by DOE have been incorporated into the landscaped garden of the present modern house, and are largely hidden by shrubs. Additional remains at SE 45348698, represent the W side of a multangular tower which stands to a height of over 4.0m. See photographs. It is doubtful whether a moat ever existed and the feature published as such appears to be the result of landscaping. Only one of the two former fishponds survives (up to 1.3m deep); the other has been filled-in. Published Survey (25") of earthworks only revised. (4)

Upsall Castle, the present quadrangular castle was probably built c1327 when the manor was aquired by Geoffrey Scrope. This castle may have replaced an earlier Norman one, though there are no visible remains. The castle was partially demolished in the Civil War and in ruins by 1660. A manor house was built on the site which was replaced by the present house in the 19th century when the castle ruins were landscaped.

Remains of castle walls to the south and west of Upsall Castle. Probably 14th century, grade 2.

SE 4539 8699. Upsall Castle: a quadrangular castle. Scheduled RSM No 20462 (formerly NY/1290). (5-6)

Listed by Cathcart King (7)

The earthwork remains of Medieval settlement and curltivation were seen centred at SE 4530 8713 to the north of Upsall Castle on aerial photographs. To the south-east, at SE 4542 8712 further indistinct earthworks, traces of cultivation and a hollow way were also noted. These could be associated with one of the phases of Upsall Caslte, or further settlement remains. (8)

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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1857
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Source : The Victoria history of the county of York, volume two
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Page(s) : 40
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Vol(s) : 1912
Source Number : 3
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE (HHG) Thirsk RD Aug 1960 51
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 DS 14-NOV-72
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Source Number : 5
Source : County list of Scheduled Monuments : March 1992
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Source Number : 6
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : DOE Listed Buildings Dist of Hambleton N Yorks 24-Sept-1984 12
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Source Number : 7
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) : 527
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Vol(s) : Feb-83
Source Number : 8
Source : Oblique aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR SE 4587/3-4 (17639/10-11) 30-JUL-2001
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : built 1327
Monument End Date : 1327
Monument Start Date : 1327
Monument Type : Quadrangular Castle, Fishpond, Angle Tower
Evidence : Ruined Building, Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : in ruins 1660
Monument End Date : 1660
Monument Start Date : 1660
Monument Type : Quadrangular Castle
Evidence : Ruined Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post-1660
Monument End Date :
Monument Start Date : 1660
Monument Type : Manor House
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
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Monument End Date : 1899
Monument Start Date : 1800
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 20462
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : NY 1290
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 440269
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SE 48 NE 11
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SE 48 NE 11
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1972-11-14
End Date : 1972-11-14
Associated Activities : Primary, EH: AERIAL RECONNAISSANCE (NORTH): 2001/2
Activity type : AERIAL RECONNAISSANCE
Start Date : 2001-04-01
End Date : 2002-03-31