East Ritton Grange, Nunnykirk
Has been described as a Questionable Pele Tower
There are no visible remains
|Name||East Ritton Grange, Nunnykirk
|Alternative Names||Nunykirk; White House
'East Ritton' was the site of a grange of Newminster Abbey, extant by 1135 and dissolved by 1537. A pele recorded by MacDowall, and no longer extant, may have been in the vicinity of the grange. (PastScape)
(Approx NY 083934) East Ritton: Grange of Newminster Abbey. ('Ritton' is shown on OS 6", 1924 at NY 08289342) (Hadcock 1939).
Ranulph de Merlay, in the time of Henry I (1100-1135) gave Rittun, consisting of the two townships of East and West Ritton, to the Abbot of Newminster. After the Dissolution East Ritton was in 1568 in the hands of the Crown (Hodgson 1827).
Ritton consists of a farmhouse with outbuildings, of modern construction, situated in open farmland. There are no traces of a Grange to be seen in the area, and no local knowledge of one was encountered. Sir Charles Orde, Nunnykirk, stated that he had never heard of East Ritton, nor of its Grange, but Hadcock evidently identifies East Ritton with this site and West Ritton with Ritton White House (F1 ASP 14-JAN-57).
NZ 083934 Ritton - Pele (McDowall).
No evidence of a pele in or around the present farmstead (F2 BHP 17-DEC-70).
Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
|OS Map Grid Reference||NZ083934