Amerston Hall, Embleton

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

NameAmerston Hall, Embleton
Alternative Names
Historic CountryDurham
Modern AuthorityStockton on Tees
1974 AuthorityCleveland
Civil ParishElwick

Jackson writes "NZ426293 Traditionally the site of a castle, but more probably that of a fortified manor."

Amerston Hall, site of medieval village, though no earthworks survive, medieval pottery has been found during drainage operations. The triple ditched earthworks do not appear to have a defensive or fish rearing purpose. They are almost surrounded by the remains of ridge and furrow (Brown and Still).

Possible medieval and post medieval rectilinear ditched enclosures and fishponds are visible as earthworks on air photographs taken in 1946, later photography taken in 1989 shows that the earthworks are still extant. Some of the features appear to be cut into ridge and furrow and presumably post date it. The triple ditched feature described by OS, forms an L-shape, centred at NZ 4278 3006 and has substantial broad (7-10m wide) banks between the ditches. The ditches are possibly cut into ridge and furrow and post date it and may be later garden features. There are three rectangular ponds, centred at NZ 4269 3009, these may be fishponds. These together with the ditched enclosures to the north, centred at NZ 4272 3018, may be related to medieval or post medieval settlement. (PastScape)

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNZ426301
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  • Jackson, M.J., 1996, Castles of Durham and Cleveland (Carlisle) p. 72
  • Brown, M.M. and Still, L., 1980, Cleveland history from the air p. 26-7
  • Page, Wm (ed), 1928, VCH Durham Vol. 3 p. 235- online transcription
  • Surtees, R., 1816-40 (1972 Reprint), The History and Antiquities of the County Palatine of Durham (London) Vol. 3 p. 53-4 online transcription