Darfield New Hall

Has been described as a Possible Pele Tower

There are masonry footings remains

NameDarfield New Hall
Alternative NamesWombwell; Cranford Hall
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityBarnsley
1974 AuthoritySouth Yorkshire
Civil ParishBarnsley

Moated courtyard site, now occupied by a late C18 house. The lower courses of the medieval perimeter wall run along the inner side of the southern moat arm, forming a revetment wall. The gateway lies near the centre of this length of wall, flanked by buttresses bearing the coats of arms of Bosvile and Cresacre. The medieval hall block lay opposite the entrance gate. It is now covered by C18 house, except at the western end, where part of the outer wall, a fireplace and chimney stack survive. The first floor of the medieval west range was formerly timber framed but this was rebuilt in brick in C17 or C18. At one time a stable, the building was remodelled in C19 and has recently been converted into a dwelling. It is possible that this range was once flanked to the north and south by angle towers. These, together with the moat and the perimeter wall, would have rendered the site defensible in case of need. The heraldry on the gateway suggests a construction date some time in the first half of C15. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Birch writes southerly example of a 'tower house' (presumably a pele tower) now demolished although two pictures of the tower do survive. The modern name is Cranford Hall but the site was called New Hall in C14 documents.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceSE394052
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