Denaby Old Hall

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains

NameDenaby Old Hall
Alternative Names
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityDoncaster
1974 AuthoritySouth Yorkshire
Civil ParishDenaby

Remains of medieval house now 2 dwellings. C15, probably altered C17; extensive C20 alterations. C15 work is deeply-coursed sandstone, otherwise rubble sandstone, red brick and cement render; C20 tile roofs. 2 storeys with partial cellar; 1:2 windows to 1st floor on least-altered north side. North side: No 1, to left: large quoins to a projecting rectangular garderobe turret on left; on right a C20 casement in chamfered, quoined surround below a C20 casement in C15 2-light opening now without mullion but with cusping and square head. Garderobe under continuation of main roof; brick end stack on right. No 2, set forward on right and lower: much rebuilt with remains of raking buttress on left of cellar doorway; lean-to against right return; total of four C20 casements to ground floor; dormers of 2 and 1 lights above; C20 end stack on right. Rear (C20 entrance fronts, facing road): no external features of interest except for garderobe set back on right having chamfered. quoined surrounds to triangular-headed doorways on each floor and slit windows in each side. No 2 has section of chamfered plinth on end wall. Interior: No 1: triangular-headed doorways to each floor of garderobe. 3 wall posts visible in 1st-floor south wall; 2 quadrant braces and heavy- scantling studs on east wall. No 2: in present kitchen, a chamfered, square- headed ashlar fireplace in C15 wall which has chamfered plinth on opposite side (to north); also in kitchen blocked wooden-framed doorway. Largely intact until after 1831 when described as "... one of the very few remaining specimens of the houses of the gentry of the superior class in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries" (Hunter, pp 395-6). Reduced to present size before 1854 Ordnance Survey. Seat of the Vavasors, passed to the Reresbys of Thrybergh in the C16. (Listed Building Report)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceSK483990
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