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Wheel Hall

Hob Uid: 58022
Location :
North Yorkshire
Grid Ref : SE6092638223
Summary : Eighteenth century farmhouse on the site of the Bishop of Durham's manor house documented during early fourteenth century and sixteenth century. Triple moats have been recorded on the site, but only two arms are visible and these are infilled in places. The interior of the moat forms part of a ploughed field.
More information : (SE 60963807) Wheel Hall on site of (NAT) Palace (NR)
Moat (NR) (1)

La Wel Hall (now a farm house called Wheel Hall), an ancient
episcopal palace belonging to the See of Durham. There are
extensive foundations surrounded by three moats, the river
forming the boundary on the W. (2)

The Bishop of Durham's manor house of Wheel Hall was mentioned
in the early 14th century and in the 16th century when repairs
were made, including the chapel and 'the drawdike about the
manor'. The hall has been replaced by an 18th century farmhouse
but traces of the surrounding moat were still visible in 1972.

The bishop's park at Riccall was mentioned in 1311 and one of
his closer near Wheel Hall was called the Park in the 16th
century. (3)

SE 609382. Unclassified moat at Wheel Hall. Triple moats
reported in 1947, but stub on one moat alone still visible.
River Ouse would form one side of enclosure. (4)

(SE 60983818) Moat (NR) (5)

Only one arm of the moat, as recorded above, was visible as an earthwork on air photographs; it is approximately 90 m in length and lies on the north-west. A rectangular depression and attached length of bank, seen as earthworks on the same photography, may represent the site of a former building, approximately 16 m by 12 m, located at SE 6094 3820. (6)

Demesne manor house of Bishop of Durham, usually farmed out (Le Patourel, Moated site of Yorkshire 1973 p115). Only two arms of this moat are marked on the 1:10,000. These are infilled in places and the interior forms part of a ploughed field. There are no other soil mark or earthwork remains visible. The site is thus not proposed for scheduling as it is not identified to be of national importance. (7)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1958
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Source details : Hist City of York and ER of York 2 1856 627 (J J Sheahan and T Whellan)
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Source : The Victoria history of the counties of England
Source details : Yorks ER
Page(s) : 84
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Vol(s) : 3 (1976)
Source Number : 4
Source details : Medieval Archaeology; Mono No 5 1973 - Moated sites of Yorks 115 (H E J le Patourel)
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Source Number : 5
Source details : OS 1:10000 1980
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Source Number : 6
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : NMR MAL/74.05 062 23-FEB-1974
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Source Number : 7
Source : English Heritage Alternative Action Report
Source details : Eric Instone, MPPA, 6th May 1997
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Manor House, Moat, Building Platform
Evidence : Earthwork, Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : C18
Monument End Date : 1799
Monument Start Date : 1700
Monument Type : Farmhouse
Evidence : Extant Building

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (North Yorkshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 12005
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SE 63 NW 4
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: VALE OF YORK NMP
Start Date : 1998-01-06
End Date : 2000-12-31