Staynor Hall

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameStaynor Hall
Alternative NamesStainer Hall
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Civil ParishSelby

Staynor or Stainer Hall, a plain, modernised building built in 1689 on the site of a medieval moated enclosure. (PastScape)

A complete plan was obtained by Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Eyre of a building-complex, go ft. by 45 ft., with lime-stone dry-walling on clay foundations. The foundation of a baking-oven and a stone-bordered hearth were identified, and the main room was paved with stone flags and brick. Great numbers of sherds, predominantly of the 14th century with some Cistercian ware, and many small household and agricultural objects of iron and bronze were found, and also small portions of window-glass. The house is believed to have been the servants' house of the Selby abbey grange. Excavations were also undertaken to try to locate the grange chapel. Some carved stone fragments were unearthed, but no chapel foundations have yet been traced. A possible kiln was marked, but has still to be excavated. Research into the Court Rolls of the five manors belonging to Selby abbey, recently deposited at the Beverley Deeds Registry and dating from the 14th to the 18th century, is being undertaken. (Med. Arch., 1962/3)

Excavation by D. C. Eyre in the garden of the present hall (built in 1689) within the moated area revealed a foundation of limestone blocks, 1.75 ft. wide, running parallel with the moat, and traces of a brick floor. This was possibly the manor house built by Gilfred de Gaddesby in 1360 but no pottery or other dating evidence was found. Work in the area of a large barn in the fold-yard produced early foundations, but no evidence that they belonged to the chapel. (Med Arch, 1964)

Acquired 1257 licence to crenellate 1365. Coucher Book states it was a mansion house with edyfycesmoted aboute. Rebuilt in 14th century by Gaddesby. Sold after the dissolution. Location of eyres excavations confused but building outside moat so main grange building still unexcavated. (North Yorkshire HER)

Gatehouse Comments

Said by Le Patourel to have been given licence to crenellate in 1365 but no reference or details given and not mentioned by any other authority. Nothing like this in the Royal Rolls. Is this a erroneous date and attribution for the licence of 1375 granted to Selby Abbey?

- Philip Davis

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSE622311
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  • Hass, Jeffrey D., 2006, Medieval Selby A new study of the Abbey and Town (Yorkshire Archaeological Society Occasional Paper 4) p. 77
  • Le Patourel, H.E. Jean, 1973, The Moated Sites of Yorkshire (The Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series 5) p. 128
  • Morrell, Wm, 1867, History of Selby p. 75


  • Hurst, D. Gillian, 1964, 'Medieval Britain in 1962 and 1963, II. Post-Conquest' Medieval Archaeology Vol. 8 p. 276 online copy
  • Wilson, D.M. and Hurst, J.G., 1962/3, 'Medieval Britain in 1961' Medieval Archaeology Vol. 6-7 p. 338 online copy
  • Hodges, C.C., 1893, 'The Architectural History of Selby Abbey' Yorkshire Archaeological Journal Vol. 12 p. 364 online copy

Primary Sources

  • Fowler, J.T. (ed), 1891, The Coucher Book of Selby (Yorkshire Archaeological Society Record Series 10) Vol 2 p. 350, 353-54
  • Dixon, W.H. and J. Raine, J. (eds), 1863, Fasti Eboracensis (Longman, Green, Longman and Roberts) Vol. 1 p. 335


  • Hunter, K., 2009/10/26, Staynor Hall Selby North Yorkshire Earthwork Survey, (MAP Archaeological Consultancy Ltd. 06/2009)
  • Newman, R., Oliver, T., 01/11/1991, Selby Bypass - An Archaeological Evaluation (Lancaster University Archaeological Unit)