Balne Yewtree House Moat

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

NameBalne Yewtree House Moat
Alternative Names
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Civil ParishBalne

Balne - moats at SE608183 (Le Pat. just W.Balne Hall. She notes late 13thC. ref.), and at SE584193 just N. YEWTREE FARM. W. arm, shorter stretch E. arm, still waterholding, also at PARKSHAW WOOD, N. the intriguingly-named Chapel Garth Wood, WNW Wood Farm. Rectangular (N-S) platform enclosed water-holding moat with hooked arm to W. from SW corner, and isolated straight pond to N. of this, indicative of 2nd enclosure - SE584182 and (Le Pat.) SE581177 E. MANOR FARM, just SW of Chapel Garth Wood. One of these Vernoille Manor of Methams (Le Pat.). (Sneyd 1995)

SE 5832 1923 Moat (G.T.) (OS 6" map, (Provisional), 1956).

Resurveyed at 1/2500. Only the west and part of the east sides of this moat survives. The remainder has been destroyed by ploughing and modern farm building (Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigator, J R Foster, 27-AUG-1964).

SE 584193. Balne. Listed as medieval moat of unclassified type near Yewtree Farm (La Patourel 1973).

A medieval moat is visible as an earthwork on air photographs at SE 5853 1924.

The north, east and west sides of the moat are visible and it measures 29m by 61m (Vertical aerial photograph reference number RAF 58/1639F21 0046 06-Dec-1954). (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Seemingly a domestic moat in an area where flooding must have been a seasonal problem so probably more about water management than defense.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSE583192
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  • Sneyd, Steve, 1995, The Devil's Logbook Castles and Fortified Sites around South Yorkshire (Hilltop Press) p. 6
  • Le Patourel, H.E. Jean, 1973, The Moated Sites of Yorkshire (The Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series 5) p. 122