North Duffield Castle, Yorkshire

Has been described as a Certain Fortified Manor House

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameNorth Duffield Castle, Yorkshire
Alternative NamesHall Farm; Skipwith; Norduffeld
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Civil ParishNorth Duffield

Medieval fortified manor house, traditionally the site of a 'castle', located on a natural spur to the west of the River Derwent . The natural defences on three sides are enhanced by a broad moat ditch on the western side. There are no traces of the manor house, mentioned in documentary sources in 1320, as the present farmhouse is modern. (PastScape)

North Duffield anciently belonged to the Salvins, a knightly race, to whom it came through the marriage of Sibyl, one of the heirs of Roger de Thurkelby, with Robert Salveyn, in the reign of Edward I. Sir Gerald, his son, was cited to answer Quo Warranto he claimed a market, fair, tumbrell, gallows, and pillory, and he pleaded that the same had been granted by charter to Roger de Thurkelby, his mother's uncle. The Salvins had their principal residence here. Later the manor descended to the Husseys, whose castle stood on the banks of the Derwent. Lord Hussey, of this place, took an active part in the Pilgrimage of Grace, and was executed with the other leaders in 1537. The castle was demolished long ago, but the site where it stood is still easily traceable by the unevenness of the ground. Near the spot is Duffield Hall, a farmhouse, occupied by Mr. William Townsley. (Bulmer's History and Directory )

The medieval manor-house of the Salvains, mentioned in 1320, presumably stood on the site now occupied by a farm-house known as North Duffield Hall, which still has prominent earthworks around it. This is traditionally the site of a 'castle', presumably the fortified manor-house. (VCH)

Gatehouse Comments

Le Patourel writes reused ashlar in present house.

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSE691373
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  • Neave, Susan, 1991, Medieval Parks of East Yorkshire (Univeristy of Hull) p. 46
  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 531 (possible)
  • Allison, K.J. (ed), 1976, VCH Yorkshire: East Riding Vol. 3 p. 95 online transcription
  • Le Patourel, H.E. Jean, 1973, The Moated Sites of Yorkshire (The Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series 5) p. 111
  • 1892, History and Directory of East Yorkshire (Bulmer) p. 713 online copy

Primary Sources

  • Fowler, J.T. (ed), 1892, The Coucher Book of Selby: From the Original MS. in the Possession of Thomas Brooke Vol. 2 (Yorkshire Archaeological Society Record Series 13) p. 13
  • TNA C134/64/12 (1320) TNA ref.
  • Baildon, W. Paley (ed), 1915, Feet of Fines for the County of York 1347-77 (Yorkshire Archaeological Society Record Series 52) p. 115 (1367)
  • Clay, C.T. (ed), 1926, Yorkshire Deeds (Yorkshire Archaeological Society Record Series 69) Vol. 5 p. 32 (1407)


  • Constable, Christopher, 2003, Aspects of the archaeology of the castle in the north of England C 1066-1216 (Doctoral thesis, Durham University) Available at Durham E-Theses Online
  • Creighton, O.H., 1998, Castles and Landscapes: An Archaeological Survey of Yorkshire and the East Midlands (PhD Thesis University of Leicester) p. 612-13 online copy