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Bossall Hall

Hob Uid: 59750
Location :
North Yorkshire
Ryedale
Buttercrambe with Bossall
Grid Ref : SE7171060710
Summary : A house built before 1644 and rebuilt in the mid 18th century, lying within an earthwork moat. During the 14th century the moat was occupied by quadrangular castle, few traces of which survive above ground. Only the foundations of the curtain wall are visible, appearing as earth-covered banks at the edge of the moat. The brick bridge which spans the eastern arm was built in 1808 but stands on the site of an original entrance, the stone footings of which survive. An outer court surrounds three sides of the moated island, with a second, outer, moat beyond.
More information : SE 7171 6071. BOSSALL HALL [LB]. (1)

Bossall Hall lies within a complete square moated area with an outer line on the north side. The Hall was built before 1644 by Sir Robert Belt but almost rebuilt in the 18th cent (2).

Rain water heads are dated 1726 and 1798.

W.J.Belt in 1885 wrote that a castle once stood here and that a
double curtain wall with square and round towers and a barbican were in their foundations still traceable. Bossall Hall Grade II*. (3)

The external appearance of Bossall Hall is entirely 18th century in date, and is not outstanding. See G.P.

The moat is now dry and partly filled-in, but the extant remains are well preserved, and average 2m in depth. The alleged remains of the double curtain wall and barbican are not apparent.

Published survey (25") of moat revised. (4)
The moat described by authorities 2 and 4 was covered by trees on available air photographs. (5)

SE 717 607. Bosssall Hall: a quadrangular castle. Scheduled RSM number 20525. During the 14th century the moat was occupied by a quadrangular castle, few traces of which survive above ground. Only the foundations of the curtain wall are visible, appearing as earth-covered banks at the edge of the moat. The brick bridge which spans the eastern arm was built in 1808 but stands on the site of an original entrance, the stone footings of which survive. An outer court surrounds three sides of the moated island, with a second, outer, moat beyond. (6)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1958
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Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : MHLG Aug 1941 1
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Source Number : 3
Source : Yorkshire, the North Riding
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 ECW 11-JUL-67
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Source Number : 5
Source : RCHME/EH/HE Aerial Photographers comment
Source details : Antonia Kershaw/26-JAN-1994/RCHME: Howardian Hills Project
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Source Number : 6
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : English Heritage, Scheduling Amendment, 08-OCT-1993
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : C14
Monument End Date : 1399
Monument Start Date : 1300
Monument Type : Quadrangular Castle, Moat, Curtain Wall, Bridge
Evidence : Documentary Evidence, Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Built before 1644
Monument End Date : 1644
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Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Mid C18 alterations
Monument End Date : 1766
Monument Start Date : 1733
Monument Type : House
Evidence : Extant Building
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : 1808
Monument End Date : 1808
Monument Start Date : 1808
Monument Type : Bridge
Evidence : Structure

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (North Yorkshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 1641.03
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External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (North Yorkshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 1641.03001
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External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 20525
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External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 329448
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SE 76 SW 2
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Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SE 76 SW 2
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1967-07-11
End Date : 1967-07-11
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME/NYCC: HOWARDIAN HILLS PROJECT
Activity type : MEASURED SURVEY
Start Date : 1993-04-01
End Date : 1994-01-01