Harswell, Everingham

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

NameHarswell, Everingham
Alternative NamesHerssewell in Spaldingmor.
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityEast Riding of Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityHumberside
Civil ParishEveringham

The remains of a badly mutilated bipartite moated homestead, the eastern arm having been destroyed. The ditch, which is now dry, averages 11.0m in width and is 0.6m deep. There are no foundations visible within the much disturbed interior, but a house is shown on an old plan (undated) which is in the possession of the farmer (Field Investigators Comments–F1 BHP 21-AUG-72). Licence to crenellate granted in 1247. Moat being filled. (Le Patourel). The moated site was mapped from air photographs, seen as an earthwork in the 1940s, the site is seen plough-levelled on the latest photography. The two islands measured 80 m and 40 m in length respectively and 60-70 m in breadth. There appears to have been very broad rig and furrow within the moated area, and outside adjacent to the west. Further air photographs taken in 2005 again show the moat visible as very clear cropmarks. Two ditches are evident at the south-west and close to the north-east corners of the enclosure which must have acted as inlet/outlet channels. Also a second substantial ditch appears within the line of the western side of the moat and appears to shadow its course perhaps indicating that the moat ditches were re-cut and re-aligned at some point. There are some vague marks within the interior of the moated enclosure which may relate to buildings. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

The licence to crenellate was actually granted to Gerard Salvayn in 1303. 1303 is the 31st year of Edward I reign, Le Patourel's date of 1247 is the 31st year of Henry III reign. Le Patourel seems to have made an error here and mixed up the kings.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
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OS Map Grid ReferenceSE820408
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  • Emery, Anthony, 1996, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 1 Northern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 421
  • Neave, Susan, 1991, Medieval Parks of East Yorkshire (Univeristy of Hull) p. 36-7
  • Loughlin, Neil and Miller, Keith, 1979, A survey of archaeological sites in Humberside carried out for the Humberside Joint Archaeological Committee p. 90
  • Le Patourel, H.E. Jean, 1973, The Moated Sites of Yorkshire (The Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series 5) p. 113
  • Turner, T.H. and Parker, J.H., 1859, Some account of Domestic Architecture in England (Oxford) Vol. 3 Part 2 p. 404 online copy

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1898, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward I (1301-1307) Vol. 4 p. 160 online copy