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Name:Easingwold Manor House
NY SMR Number:MNY18091
Type of record:Monument
Last edited:Jan 22 2015 4:50PM
Grid Reference:SE 529 701
Parish:Easingwold [2041]; Hambleton

Monument Type(s):

  • MANOR HOUSE (Medieval to 19th Century - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds

  • COIN (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Other References/Statuses

Full description

The Old Hall was demolished in 1826 and a farmhouse built on the site. Garden survived until 1879; remains of fishpond still visible (2)

<1> 1852, Vallis Eboracensis, p94-95 (Monograph). SNY1530.

“[The Manor] stood at the foot of the hill to the east of the Church, and gave place to the present very unadorned farm-house, about 1835. Nothing now indicates its ancient dignity but the garden walls, the fish pond, and a few very old Weymouth pines. These trees are fine specimens, and three hundred years ago the Hall was surrounded with them, the approach towards it being through a long serpentine avenue. On the principal gateway were two lions couchant. The Court or inner area appears to have been on the south east, and the plot of ground now built upon, extending to what was lately the site of the bathing-house, comprised the gardens or pleasure grounds, enclosed by a moat or ditch communicating with the upper part of the fish pond, and were called "the Paradise."

The house itself was an irregular structure, with several wings supported by buttresses, and surrounded by a parapet. The front door opened into a spacious entrance hall, the walls and ceiling of which, were ornamented with various devices. The dining-room was lofty and spacious, it occupied the whole of the south wing. The walls were richly empanelled with black oak, on the interior squares of which were beautiful paintings. In this room, behind the ceiling or casement, was discovered the perfect skeleton of a cat in a sitting posture, whose imprisonment may, no doubt, go far to account for the mysterious noises which at one time alarmed the inmates, and caused the apartment to be designated as the "haunted room ;" though there was a tradition of a poor boy, flogged to death by a not very remote proprietor, which gave the like ill repute to a little room adjoining the kitchen and near the entrance to the cellar, as well as of a victim to ecclesiastical cruelty, under the name of discipline, in earlier days, who was buried beneath a large stone in the adjoining ground, called after his name, ''Gregory's stone," to the present day.

The fish ponds are at present altogether neglected. During the time of the Salvins and the Vavasours, who occupied the manor as lessees, they were kept in beautiful order, and well stored with fish. The pond is fed by a spring about one hundred yards distant, in the ascent of the adjoining field. It is a perpetual fountain, unaffected by the longest drought. On the island in the centre stood an ornamented dove-cote, and round the exterior were two rows of large pines, forming a rich and shady bower. The grounds were interspersed with large spreading trees, shrubs, and plants, which the hand of time and the neglect of man has allowed to go to decay, and the precints of the fallen pile as well as its own humbled remnants are now only a monument " Of this world's passing pageantry."

<2> Yorkshire Archaeological Society, 1977 - 1980, Yorkshire Studies Card (Card Index). SNY2.

Sources and further reading

<1>SNY1530 - Monograph: 1852. Vallis Eboracensis. GILL, T.. p94-95.
<2>SNY2 - Card Index: Yorkshire Archaeological Society. 1977 - 1980. Yorkshire Studies Card.

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