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Moxby Priory

Hob Uid: 56702
Location :
North Yorkshire
Hambleton
Marton-cum-Moxby
Grid Ref : SE5973566850
Summary : Nunnery founded before 1167 (perhaps 1158) for Augustinian nuns from Marton. In 1310, the community was recorded as being Benedictine, although Augustinian rule had been readopted by 1326. Earthworks comprising a mill dam, building platforms and probable post-Medieval garden moat and enclosures were surveyed at a scale of 1:1000.
More information : (SE 59686695) Moxby Hall on site of (NAT) Moxby Priory (NR) (Benedictine founded prior to AD 1167) (NAT)
(SE 59736685) Moat (NR)
(SE 59676678) Moxby Mill (NR) (site of)
(SE 59806686) Old Mill Dam (NAT) (1)

The Priory of St John the Evangelist, Moxby, was founded before 1167 for Benedictine nuns who came from Marton Priory (SE 56 NE 2), but imprecise records seem to indicate that they adopted the Augustinian rule sometime after 1310. At the suppression of the house in 1536 only eight nuns remained. (2)

The Nunnery, converted into a mansion after the dissolution, was later rebuilt incorporating foundations and some parts of the stone walls. It was later modernised into a farmhouse. (3)

Earthworks indicate the site of the mill on either side of the river. A stone trough, probably once a coffin, is in Moxby Priory farmyard. (4)

The earthworks consist of a much mutilated leat which extends from east of Moxby Hall a short distance southwards before bifurcating to 'enclose' a roughly rectangular area the southern end of which lies some 50m NE of the published site of the mill. In this southern corner the leat forms one side of a second enclosure about 50m square the other sides of which are defined by a wide flat-bottomed ditch 1m deep of moat or fishpond proportions. Published survey (25") revised.

It is not obvious what part, if any, the works played in the functioning of the mill, certainly no pond bay or dam is involved; alternatively they cannot be related to the general priory layout. (5)

Moxby Priory earthworks and its landscape has been surveyed at 1:500 scale by RCHME and published. Full report. (6-7)

SE 5974 6688. Augustinian Nunnery known as Moxby Priory including mill and post-Dissolution garden features. Scheduled (RSM) No 26938. (8)

The earthwork features associated with Moxby Priory were transcribed for the Vale of York project, based on the 1:1000 RCHME survey. Some additional features to the south (SE 5974 6677) were recorded from air photographs.
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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1957
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Source : Medieval religious houses in England and Wales
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Source Number : 3
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : York & The North Riding Vol 2 1859 620 (T Whellan)
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Source : The Victoria history of the county of York, North Riding, volume two
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : R W Emsley/06-SEP-1973/Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigator
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Source Number : 6
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Donnie A Mackay & Vivien G Swan/1986/RCHME: Moxby Priory
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Source Number : 7
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Donnie A Mackay & Vivien G Swan. 1989. `Earthworks at Marton and Moxby Priories' in Yorkshire Archaeology Journal Vol 61. 71-84.
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Source Number : 8
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : English Heritage SAM Amendment North Yorkshire 12-JUL-1995
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Source Number : 9
Source : Oblique aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR SE 5966/51 (17199/3) 10-NOV-1998
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Source : Moxby Priory/ink survey
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Watermill, Leat, Conduit, Monastic Precinct, Mill Dam, Augustinian Monastery, Augustinian Nunnery, Priory, Benedictine Nunnery
Evidence : Earthwork, Cropmark
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Post Medieval
Monument End Date : 1901
Monument Start Date : 1540
Monument Type : Moat, Enclosure, Formal Garden, House
Evidence : Earthwork, Conjectural Evidence, Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Uncertain
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Monument Type : Building Platform
Evidence : Earthwork

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : AF1332002
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : NY 1041
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External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 26938
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External Cross Reference Source : NBR Index Number
External Cross Reference Number : AF0662029
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SE 56 NE 3
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 56699
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1332351
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1332358
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1332365
Relationship type : General association
Associated Monuments : 1332378
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SE 56 NE 3
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1973-09-06
End Date : 1973-09-06
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: VALE OF YORK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 1998-01-06
End Date : 2000-12-31