Deighton Moat

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NameDeighton Moat
Alternative Names
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Civil ParishDeighton

Earthworks survive of moat of probable fortified manorial house. (PastScape)

The township of Deighton is more wooded than the rest of the parish and has several scattered plantations. The village is inconsiderable and consists of the church, a school, the Town Farm and a smithy, which are built on a road leading to Appleton Wiske. The cottages are small and usually of brick. Here once stood the great hospital of St. James of Northallerton. To the west of the church there is a moat inclosing about 4 acres of land, doubtless the site of the old manor-house. (VCH)

Seignorial moat type A1 (b) at Deighton. In 1400 it was said that 'in the manor are 300 great freestones worth 10s and in the ditches round the manor are divers fish reckoned at 20s.' (PastScape ref. Le Patourel, 1973)

Moat enclosing an area of about 4 acres. VCH suggest it to be the site of an old manner. A document of 1400 makes reference to dictate round the manor which contain divers fish. Whellan make mention of an ancient building and of a drawbridge removed about 1798. (North Yorkshire HER)

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceNZ379017
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  • Le Patourel, H.E. Jean, 1973, The Moated Sites of Yorkshire (The Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series 5) p. 118
  • Page, Wm (ed), 1914, VCH Yorkshire: North Riding Vol. 1 p. 420 online transcription
  • Whellan, T., 1857, History and topography of the city of York and the North Riding of Yorkshire (T Whellan and Co) Vol. 2 p. 326 online copy

Primary Sources

  • 1968, Calendar of Inquisitions Miscellaneous (Chancery), preserved in the Public Record Office (H.M.S.O.) Vol. 7 1399-1422 p. 43 online copy


  • Historic England, 2016, Heritage at Risk Yorkshire Register 2016 (London: Historic England) p. 25 online copy
  • Historic England, 2015, Heritage at Risk Yorkshire Register 2015 (London: Historic England) p. 31 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2014, Heritage at Risk Register 2014 Yorkshire (London: English Heritage) p. 35 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2013, Heritage at Risk Register 2013 Yorkshire (London: English Heritage) p. 33 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2012, Heritage at Risk Register 2012 Yorkshire and the Humber (London: English Heritage) p. 51 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2011, Heritage at Risk Register 2011 Yorkshire and the Humber (London: English Heritage) p. 47 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2010, Heritage at Risk Register 2010 Yorkshire and the Humber (London: English Heritage) p. 47 online copy
  • English Heritage, 2009, Heritage at Risk Register 2009 Yorkshire and the Humber (London: English Heritage) p. 56 online copy