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Record Details

HER Number:00344/01
Type of record:Monument
Name:Site of Rockley Hall, Medieval hall


Site of Rockley Hall, renamed Rockley Abbey in 18th century. Largely rebuilt in 19th century.

Grid Reference:SE 336 019
Map Sheet:SE30SW
Parish:BARNSLEY CENTRAL, Barnsley, South Yorkshire
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Monument Type(s):

  • MANOR HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • HOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds:

  • None
  • Full Description

    <1> Rockely Hall medieval seat of Rockleys, renamed "Rockley Abbey" in 17th century [but see below ZN] , no monastic connections. Foundations of tower survive. (Pevsner mentions "tower" which held a beam engine - but this probably refers to the crenellated Newcomen Engine house near Rockley Furnace PIN 02805/01).
    References: History of Worsborough 187, p59, 61, 76-7 (J Wilkinson), O S Cards, Buildings W.R. Yorks 1974 p.417 (Pevsner)

    <2> Rockley recorded from the 12th century and its lord, Robert Rockley mentioned in 13th century sources. Hall renamed Rockley Abbey in mid 18th century after exterior decorated in ecclesiatical style. By mid 19th century was ruinous and the site was largely cleared and new buildings constructed by 1853.

    [Not to be confused with the site locally known as Rockley Hall in Owston - PIN 05668 ZN]

    <1> South Yorkshire Archaeology Service, c1974-c2003, SMR Card (Unpublished document). SSY213.

    <2> ArcHeritage, 2012, Rockley Furnace, Engine House and Landscape, Barnsley, South Yorkshire., p9, Appendix 1 (Grey Literature Report). SSY2857.

    Sources and further reading

    <1>SSY213 - Unpublished document: South Yorkshire Archaeology Service. c1974-c2003. SMR Card. Indexed according to PIN Number.
    <2>SSY2857 - Grey Literature Report: ArcHeritage. 2012. Rockley Furnace, Engine House and Landscape, Barnsley, South Yorkshire.. Stenton, M. & Burke Davies, T.. p9, Appendix 1.

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