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Harlsey Castle

Hob Uid: 55698
Location :
North Yorkshire
Hambleton
West Harlsey
Grid Ref : SE4153098030
Summary : The remains of a castle that was in existence by 1423 when Sir James Strangeways took it over. It later fell into disuse after the manor was forfeited to the crown in the 16th century. A moat still survives as do the massive vaulted undercrofts which are used as cellars. Scheduled.
More information : SE 4153 9803: Harlsey Castle [NR] (remains of) [NAT]
Moat [NR] (1)

An almost rectangular enclosure of 4 1/2 acres, with a 30ft wide ditch on three sides and terraces for defence on the west. Slight remains exist of an inner enclosure, including three cellars with rubble-vaulted pointed roofs which may be the basement of a later keep. (2)

Castle taken over by Sir James Strangeways in 1423 and probably fell into disuse after the manor was forfeited to the Crown in the 16th century. (3)

The moat, now dry, was obviously originally a continuous feature, but its NW angle has been obliterated by the present farmstead. The terraces outside the ditch on the west side have been much mutilated by tree-planting, but were probably intended for cultivation rather than defence, as this is the least vulnerable side.

The cellars of the castle are in use as farm buildings. See photographs. (For 18th c. farmhouse also known as Harlsey Castle see SE 49 NW 13). Published survey (25") of earthworks revised. (4)

SE 416 981. Harlsey Castle. Scheduled No NY/442. (5)

Listed by Cathcart King (6)

Short note following a survey by EDAS in 2007. The earthworks are divided into two areas, a more ornamental element to the east containing the ponds and orchards, and the inner court containing the principle buildings. (7)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1857
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Source Number : 2
Source : Yorkshire, the North Riding
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Page(s) : 151
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Vol(s) : 1966
Source Number : 3
Source : The Victoria history of the county of York, North Riding, volume one
Source details :
Page(s) : 434-5
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Vol(s) : 1914
Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 DS 30-NOV-72
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Source Number : 5
Source : County list of Scheduled Monuments : March 1994
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Page(s) : 17
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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) : 528
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Vol(s) : Feb-83
Source Number : 7
Source : The Castle Studies Group Journal
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Page(s) : 163-4
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Vol(s) : 21, 2007-8

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : built by 1423
Monument End Date : 1423
Monument Start Date : 1423
Monument Type : Fortified Manor House, Moat, Undercroft, Keep
Evidence : Earthwork, Ruined Building, Sub Surface Deposit, Conjectural Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : forfeited to crown
Monument End Date : 1599
Monument Start Date : 1557
Monument Type : Fortified Manor House
Evidence : Earthwork

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : NY 442
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SE 49 NW 8
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 55709
Relationship type :
Associated Monuments : 1266470
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Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SE 49 NW 8
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1972-11-30
End Date : 1972-11-30