Allerton Mauleverer

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NameAllerton Mauleverer
Alternative NamesAllerton Park; Allerton Castle
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Civil ParishAllerton Mauleverer With Hopperton

The island within the Lower Fish Pond has been identified and recorded by Oxford Archaeology North within survey work of Allerton Park as part of a conservation management plan of the estate compiled in 2014. The island has been composed of the interior of a moated manor site that was the Medieval site of the Maulverer family. It was depicted as a complex double-ditched moated fature named as Pill Dykes in the 1734 Estate Map and gradually incorporated by a series of episodes of landscaping into the expanding of the Lower Fish Pond by the later 18th century. The current extent of the island is about 50m square. (North Yorkshire HER ref The Landscape Agency)

Although a separate vill as late as 1285 the later references, like the first Census, link it with Hopperton, which is now the centre of settlement. The church and Hall at Allerton stand alone. No earthworks of the site could be seen under the extensive gardens and outbuildings. An early charter (before 1105) delineates tofts and crofts near the church. (Beresford, 1955)

Gatehouse Comments

It seems entirely possible that, in this high status landscape, that the medieval house of the Mauleverer's could have had some defensive features beyond the moat although the castle name is much later and the site is unlikely to have been seriously fortified. The Lower Fish Pond was developed from a pre-C18th square pond, possibly medieval in origin. It was extended to nearly its present form in the late C18th or early C19th; the existing square island with its rectangular pool being retained as a feature. (PastScape record 55108). This moated site is some way from the parish church and may represent a hunting lodge or even a moated garden pleasurance rather than the Mauleverer manor house which, most likely, was on the site occupied by the later Hall. Allerton Castle is a large C19 country house incorporating an earlier C18 house. It is within the medieval deer park of Mauleverer's. Richard Mauleverer founded St Martin's Priory c.1100 in the area.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSE414584
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  • Le Patourel, H.E. Jean, 1973, The Moated Sites of Yorkshire (The Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series 5) p. 122
  • Beresford, M.W. and Hurst, J.G. (eds), 1971, Deserted Medieval Villages p. 211


  • Beresford, M.W., 1955, 'Lost Villages of Yorkshire Part 4' Yorkshire Archaeological Journal Vol. 38 p. 232 (on DMV)


  • The Landscape Agency. 06/2014. Allerton Park, Conservation Management Plan. 2014/07/22. Site 62