Tankersley Moat

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameTankersley Moat
Alternative Names
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityBarnsley
1974 AuthoritySouth Yorkshire
Civil ParishTankersley

Only a part of the northern and western arms of the moat remain well defined and these are water filled during wet weather. The remainder is, however, still traceable around the present Rectory and Glebe Farm although mainly obscured by gardens and buildings. The feature published at SK 34969980 has possibly been a fish-pond. There is no visible evidence of the former Rectory (F2 RL 17-FEB-65). (PastScape)

The main enclosure consisted of a roughly square island of c.90 m. side, now divided between the rectory (occupying the western half) and Glebe Farm. The most unusual feature of the site is the manner in which the southern arm, midway along its length, steps a few metres to the south and becomes an outer moat - i.e. at the SE corner and for the south half of the east side there are two parallel lines of moat a few metres apart. The outer moat then turns away east and divides into a small complex of channels, possibly fishponds, The whole system is shown on Fairbank's 1772 plan, and only a little modified on the 1st edition O.S. map (1855). (Ryder). (South Yorkshire SMR)

Tankersley Old Hall was built, in the late 16th century, by the Savile family. The earlier manor house site is thought to have been on the north of the St Peters Parish church, where the remains of an old moat can still be found and where the 19th Century Rectory now stands. (History of Tankersley and the Old Hall)

Gatehouse Comments

Probably the site of a medieval manor house but no suggestion of any fortification other than the modest moat.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSK349997
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  • Sneyd, Steve, 1995, The Devil's Logbook Castles and Fortified Sites around South Yorkshire (Hilltop Press) p. 16
  • Hall, T. Walter, 1937, Incunabula of Sheffield History (J. W. Northend) opp. p. 178


  • Ryder, P.F., ?1980, Tankersley Rectory and Moated Site (SMR report)