Etton Temple Garth

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameEtton Temple Garth
Alternative NamesTemple Manor
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityEast Riding of Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityHumberside
Civil ParishEtton

earthworks of a medieval monastic grange situated on gently rising land on the north side of the village of Etton. The grange survives as a series of low earthworks and buried deposits spread across a rectangular enclosure around 150m north to south and 85m east to west, all enclosed by a substantial bank which stands up to nearly 2m high and 5m wide. Partial excavation during the 1960's revealed cobbled roadways, granaries, a central hall and a brewhouse dating to the mid 13th century when the grange belonged to the Knights Templars. The Knights Templars held considerable property in Etton belonging to their Preceptory at Faxfleet. Documentary sources indicate that the grange, which included a chapel, later became a manor. The site was abandoned as a result of the dissolution of the Order of the Knights Templars in 1314 but then subsequently passed into the hands of the Knights Hospitallers as a manor, holding it until the dissolution of their Order in 1541. The excavations showed that during this second period, further buildings, including new roadways, granaries, brewhouse and hall were constructed. (Scheduling Report)

The eastern side of the earthwork survives as a strong earthen bank parallel to the existing field boundary. There are, however, only traces of the remainder, and the whole is not representative. The original enclosed area is part rough pasture and part arable, the former is 'hummocky' but no evidence of the manor is apparent. (PastScape ref. Field Investigators Comments F1 RE 06-NOV-72)

Gatehouse Comments

May have had defensive features. Site of late C15 brick house which may have had fortified features.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSE974436
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