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Record Details

HER Number:00393/01
Type of record:Monument
Name:Radcliffe Moat medieval manor site, Langthwaite


Trapezoidal moated enclosure believed to succeed motte and bailey castle to west.

Grid Reference:SE 554 068
Map Sheet:SE50NE
Parish:ADWICK LE STREET/BENTLEY, Doncaster, South Yorkshire
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    • Scheduled Monument () 1013653: Radcliffe Moat Moated Site, Langthwaite

    Full Description

    <1> The monument consists of a trapezoidal island, measuring 65m on the east side, c.55m on the north (under railway embankments), 50m on the south side and an estimated 45m on the west. It is surrounded by a water-filled moat linked to Langthwaite Dike on the south side. The island has a distinct inner bank along the south, west and east sides which presumably also ran along the north side and is now buried. The surface of the island is irregular but there are no obvious building platforms. In 1828 however, Hunter makes reference to a house that was demolished in the late 17th century by the then owner, Sir William Adams. Prior to that, the manor had been in the hands of Hugh de Langthwaite and later, the Woodruffes of Woolley. It was sold by Francis Woodruffe in the reign of Elizabeth I. The monument was the successor to Castle Hills motte and bailey castle which lies c.350m to the WSW. Both sites commanded the manor of Langthwaite (later Hangthwaite) and faint earthworks in the field separating the two monuments indicate the site of the deserted village. Langthwaite deserted village does not form part of the scheduling. The railway line, embankment and wire fencing are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground underneath is included.

    <2> Details in Hunter A.S. Trans 1, 1914-8 p.362.[Not available to view during enhancement of this record ZN 16/01/2020]

    <3> Hangthwaite.Type A1(a). Sometimes spelt Langthwaite. Adjacent to Motte-and-bailey, and probably its succesor. Deserted Medieval Village. Seignorial.

    <4> CastleUK.net reports 'C13 medieval fortified manor house, founded by Sir Robert de Eueringham. The large rectangular platform, is encased by the remains of a substantial moat, with one corner lost to the railway line. The successor to Hangthwaite Castle, the site is heavily overgrown.' Gatehouse is unable to confirm this history which seems to conflict with that in the scheduling report.

    <1> Historic England, 2011 onwards, National Heritage List for England (Web Resource). SSY3573.

    <2> South Yorkshire Archaeology Service, c1974-c2003, SMR Card (Unpublished document). SSY213.

    <3> Le Patourel, H.E.J., 1973, The Moated Sites of Yorkshire., p124 (Monograph). SSY833.

    <4> Gatehouse website (Web Resource). SSY3574.

    Sources and further reading

    <1>SSY3573 - Web Resource: Historic England. 2011 onwards. National Heritage List for England.
    <2>SSY213 - Unpublished document: South Yorkshire Archaeology Service. c1974-c2003. SMR Card. Indexed according to PIN Number.
    <3>SSY833 - Monograph: Le Patourel, H.E.J.. 1973. The Moated Sites of Yorkshire.. p124.
    <4>SSY3574 - Web Resource: Gatehouse website. www.gatehouse-gazetteer.info/home.html.

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