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Roos Castle

Hob Uid: 81675
Location :
East Riding of Yorkshire
Roos
Grid Ref : TA2905029470
Summary : Medieval moated site and associated fishponds surviving as earthworks. Stone foundations have been recorded on the moated island. This site was the ancestral home of the Roos family who built Helmsley Castle.
More information : (TA 29052947) site of Castle and Moat (NAT) (1)

(Rectangular foundations in centre of moat. Appears to be no more than a small moated house or manor).

Castle (site of). (2)

Condition of moat not very good. Slopes 3 to 4 feet high. Marshy and overgrown, not water-filled. (3)

Published Survey revised (1:2500) (4)

TA 2904 2945. Roos Castle moated site & associated fishponds.

Scheduled RSM No 21197. A sub-rectangular central island surrounded by a single moat and two fishponds: one within the moat, one external to it. The island is 100m x 70m with an internal bank along its N edge 1m high and 5m wide. A fishpond 15m x 7m x 1.5m extends into the island on its E edge. The fishpond opens into the moat at its E end. Past stock poaching on the island has uncovered structural remains. The N arm of the moat remains waterlogged. It is 45m x 12m x 3m deep and has been remodelled and retained as a pond. The NE and NW corners of the moat are infilled, isolating the N arm and creating the pond. The S, W and E arms are 15m wide by 1.5m to 1.75m deep. The SW corner has been partially infilled. An earthen bank 1m high and 7m wide lies outside the W arm, enclosing the fishpond to the S of the moat, which is 40m x 15m x 0.3m deep. The moat was the ancestral home of the Roos family, who built Helmsley Castle. (5)

Recorded as possible castle. (6, 7)

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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1855
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Source : Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Object Name Book reference
Source details : Revn ONB 1908 1
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Source Number : 2a
Source : Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
Source details : G A Johnson, Farmer
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Source Number : 3
Source : Large Scale / Small Scale Map Revisers Comment
Source details : SS Rev R Santen 16.1.52
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 BHP 13-APR-71
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Source Number : 5
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : English Heritage Scheduling Amendment 19/4/94
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Source Number : 6
Source : English castles : a guide by counties
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Page(s) : 285
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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) : 531
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Moat, Fishpond, Manor House, Fortified House, Castle
Evidence : Earthwork, Sub Surface Deposit, Conjectural Evidence

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : HU 146
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 21197
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TA 22 NE 2
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON TA 22 NE 2
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1971-04-13
End Date : 1971-04-13