Methley Hall

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

NameMethley Hall
Alternative NamesMickletown; Medley; Woodhall Manor
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityLeeds
1974 AuthorityWest Yorkshire
Civil ParishRothwell

Great house built in the early 15th century, with a large open hall, screens passage and vaulted porch. The house was extensively altered by the Savile family in the late 16th/early 17th century, then extended in the 1770s and remodelled by Salvin between 1830-6. An inventory of 1657 refers to a hall, great and little dining rooms, private chambers, a chapel, service rooms and servants quarters. The house was demolished in 1963. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Methley Hall ... was moated around and had a stone bridge over a moat to a tower in the centre of the front, where there was a gateway or entrance with strong gates like a castle and a portculis to let down in time of danger. At the opposite side of the house was a drawbridge over the moat. (West Yorkshire HER ref. Darbyshire and Lumb with a question as to if this refers to Waterton's House or the remodelled house of Savile.)

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
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OS Map Grid ReferenceSE376265
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  • Waterson, E. and Meadows, P., 1998, Lost Houses of the West Riding (York: Jill Raines)
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  • Le Patourel, H.E. Jean, 1973, The Moated Sites of Yorkshire (The Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series 5) p. 125
  • Crump, W.B., 1945, 'Methley Hall and its builders' Miscellanea XI (Thoresby Society 37)
  • Darbyshire, H.S. and Lumb, G.D., 1937, The History of Methley (Thoresby Society 35) p. 110
  • Ambler, L., 1913, The old halls and manor houses of Yorkshire, with some examples of other houses built before the year 1700 (London: Batsford) p. 57 online copy
  • Armstrong Hall, H., 1909, 'Some notes on the personal and family history of Robert Waterton, of Methley and Waterton' Miscellanea V (Thoresby Society 15)



  • Moorhouse, Stephen, 2006, 'Building in the Medieval Landscape' Yorkshire Buildings The Journal of the Yorkshire Vernacular Buildings Study Group Vol. 34 p. 42-
  • Anon, 1907 May 18, 'Country Homes – Methley Hall Yorkshire, Seat of the Earl of Mexborough' Country Life p. 702-9