Wheatley Hall

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

NameWheatley Hall
Alternative NamesWhetele
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityDoncaster
1974 AuthoritySouth Yorkshire
Civil ParishDoncaster

Now lost Wheatley Hall for which a licence to crenellate was granted to John Sandal in 1311.

The medieval Wheatley Hall, for which a licence to crenellate was granted in 1311, was probably on the site of the later buildings erected in 1680 by Cooke, the second baronet, and is now lost under post-war redevelopment. (Magilton)

Gatehouse Comments

Although the area has been much redeveloped both in the C17 and C20 there are still considerable bits of open land here which may have some archaeological potential. The form of the licenced C14 house is not know but the site is river flood plain and build a moat for this house would have been relatively easy and a sensible flood protection and, therefore, a moat, as the predominate fashion for such houses, is likely. The relatively easy demolition in 1680 and building of a new house, not incorporation earlier features, may perhaps suggest the C14 house was relatively slightly built and probably mainly of timber construction. There is nothing to suggest this house was fundamentally different for any of a dozen other moated houses in the flood-plain of the River Don which did not have licences to crenelllate.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSE588053
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  • Emery, Anthony, 1996, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 1 Northern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 421
  • Sneyd, Steve, 1995, The Devil's Logbook Castles and Fortified Sites around South Yorkshire (Hilltop Press) p. 18
  • Magilton, J.R., 1977, The Doncaster District: An Archaeological Survey (Doncaster) p. 32
  • Turner, T.H. and Parker, J.H., 1859, Some account of Domestic Architecture in England (Oxford) Vol. 3 Part 2 p. 406 online copy


  • Birch, J., 1981, 'The castles and fortified houses of South Yorkshire' The Archaeological Journal Vol. 137 p. 374-6

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1894, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward II (1307-13) Vol. 1 p. 340 online copy