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Name:Site of Clifton Castle
NY SMR Number:MNY15521
Type of record:Monument
Last edited:Feb 6 2019 4:02PM

Protected Status

  • SHINE: An area of non-designated parkland of probable 18th to 19th century date.
Grid Reference:SE 218 842
Parish:Clifton-on-Yore [2028]; Hambleton

Monument Type(s):

  • CASTLE (14th CENTURY to Unknown - 1320 AD?)

Other References/Statuses

  • AMIE Reference / HOB UID: 52280 CLIFTON CASTLE
  • National Monuments Record: SE28SW2

Full description

The manor of Clifton anciently belonged to the Lords Scrope of Masham. Geoffrey le Scrope obtained license to make a castle of his house at Clifton in the reign of Edward II (1307-27). Castle was built 1302.
Running north from a quadrangle of buildings on the north-west side of the castle is an old stone rubble wall believed to be a survival from the original castle. Clifton Castle was erected in 1806 on the site of the encient castellated mansion. (1).
An article discussing the licences granted to crenellate in Yorkshire was included in Medieval Yorkshire in 2017. Clifton Castle is listed in the gazeteer with the date of the licence as 25th September 1317. (Davis, P) (2) Further information can be found on the website for the Gatehouse Gazeteer. The foundations of the former Castle form part of the cellars of the present building. "On the south side of the house, outside the area of the present cellars, but on a level with them, is a stone-built well, which formed the original water supply of the castle". (Davis, P) (3)

<1> Ordnance Survey, Various, Ordnance Survey Record Card, SE28SW002 (Card Index). SNY1.

<2> Medieval Yorkshire, 2017, Yorkshire Licences to Crenellate, p28&36 (Article). SNY22629.

<3> Philip Davis, The Gatehouse Gazeteer (Webpage). SNY22630.

Sources and further reading

<1>SNY1 - Card Index: Ordnance Survey. Various. Ordnance Survey Record Card. Various authors. SE28SW002.
<2>SNY22629 - Article: Medieval Yorkshire. 2017. Yorkshire Licences to Crenellate. Davis, P. p28&36.
<3>SNY22630 - Webpage: Philip Davis. The Gatehouse Gazeteer. Davis, P.

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