Faxfleet Hall Garths, Blacktoft

Has been described as a Questionable Palace (Royal), and also as a Questionable Fortified Manor House, and also as a Possible Fortified Ecclesiastical site

There are earthwork remains

NameFaxfleet Hall Garths, Blacktoft
Alternative NamesFaxflete
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityEast Riding of Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityHumberside
Civil ParishBlacktoft

Earthworks of deep hollow ways enclosing small fields occur at the reputed site of an establishment of Knights Templars which existed at Faxfleet in the 12th century. The preceptory of Faxfleet was one of the most important in the country, and when suppressed between AD 1308-12 its value was 290 pounds. Foundation date not known, but extant by 1220. (PastScape)

Although very little is known of this preceptory, it was clearly one of the most important in the county. The value in 1308 is returned as £290 4s. 10d., a greater sum than was set down for any other Yorkshire preceptory; the chapel was remarkably well provided, the value of its contents reaching the exceptional sum of £12, and there was 'a certain treasury with many written deeds and bulls relating to estates in Yorkshire,' which was duly locked up and sealed with the seals of the sheriff and the preceptor of Yorkshire. Several of the Templars arrested in 1308 said that they had been received into the order of Faxfleet. Hugh of Tadcaster, for instance, related how he had formerly been ' claviger' at Faxfleet, and when he desired to be admitted the Grand Master, William de la More, received him into the order in the chapel. (VCH)

Gatehouse Comments

The Preceptory may have had defensive features. After a period in royal hands the site came into the hands of the Scropes of Masham in 1392 when it became a lightly defended moated house which was attacked in 1413.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSE860248
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  • Loughlin, Neil and Miller, Keith, 1979, A survey of archaeological sites in Humberside carried out for the Humberside Joint Archaeological Committee p. 40
  • Le Patourel, H.E. Jean, 1973, The Moated Sites of Yorkshire (The Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series 5) p. 111
  • Knowles, David and Hadcock, R Neville, 1971, Medieval religious houses in England and Wales (Longman) p. 236
  • Colvin, H.M., Brown, R.Allen and Taylor, A.J., 1963, The history of the King's Works Vol. 2: the Middle Ages (London: HMSO) p. 937
  • Page, Wm (ed), 1913, VCH Yorkshire Vol. 3 p. 257-8 online transcription


  • Butler, L., 1994, 'An Attack on Sandal Castle in 1413' Medieval Yorkshire (Newsletter of the Medieval section of the Yorkshire Archaeological Society) Vol. 23 p. 33-6
  • 1929, Yorkshire Archaeological Journal Vol. 29 p. 371-2

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1910, Calendar of Patent Rolls Henry V (1413-16) Vol. 1 p. 65 online copy