Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are no visible remains

Alternative NamesBolton Percy
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Civil ParishBolton Percy

In 1293 Robert Percy was issued a licence to crenellate his manor of Boulton. Of the several Boltons in Yorkshire Bolton Percy must be the most likely site for this licence and Bolton Percy was a holding of Robert Percy at this time. A C15 timber framed gatehouse probably marks the site of the manor house.

Gatehouse. C15 with later alterations including roof structure and restorations including those of late C20. Timber-framed with rendered infil, rubble and hammer-dressed magnesian limestone plinth and pantile roof with lower 3 courses of stone slates. 2 storeys, 3 bays including central carriage arch, the range to the left side derelict at time of resurvey. Close-studded frame with tension braces. Former entrance to left range has hollow-chamfered, basket-arched opening with carved spandrels. Steps to 2 further C20 fire exits to first floor within probably original openings. Present entrance by C20 studded door to rear. First floor jettied to end and sides with carved dragon posts with brattishing and carved grotesques. Windows are C20 replacements. Jettied gable end. Left range: chamfered plinth to height of 0.75 metres with 3 jowled posts and wall plate with splayed scarf joints standing, tie beam and other timbers lying on ground at time of resurvey. Interior. First floor. Jowled posts and cambered tie beams with hollow chamfers. Arch braces with Tudor rose and other carved motifs. Wall plate shows several splayed scarf joints. Trenched and collar purlin roof. (Listed Building Report)

Site of a moat and manor house identified during a desk based assessment. (North Yorkshire HER)

There are a few vestiges of a fortified hall remaining at Bolton, although such a house did at one time–the name Hall Garth is sufficient evidence–exist. The most likely site is at the north-east end of the church, a situation encompassed by a moat without difficulty. (Bogg, 1902)

Gatehouse Comments

The C15 gatehouse was formerly in the ownership of The Vivat Trust and available as a holiday let. However the Trust went into liquidation in 2015. The restored property was on sale in the open market in 2016. Gatehouse is unaware of the current status of the site but there is no reason to believe the listed building is at risk.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law

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  • Harrison, M.J., 2000, Four Ainsty Townships: the history of Bolton Percy, Appleton Roebuck, Colton and Steeton 1066-1875 (Ainsty Books)
  • Ryder, P.F., 1982 (paperback edn 1992), The Medieval Buildings of Yorkshire (Ash Grove Book) p. 143
  • Pevsner, N. and Radcliffe, E., 1967, Buildings of England: Yorkshire: West Riding (London, Penguin) p. 117
  • Bogg, E., 1902, The old kingdom of Elmet: York and the Ainsty district a descriptive sketch of the history, antiquities, legendary lore, picturesque feature, and rare architecture. p. 278 online copy
  • Speight, Harry, 1902, Lower Wharfedale (London: Elliot Stock) p. 108 online copy
  • 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), 1895, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward I (1292-1301) Vol. 3 p. 6, 14 online copy


  • Richardson, Shaun and Dennison, Ed, 2010, Bolton Percy Gatehouse, Bolton Percy, North Yorkshire: Archaeological Observation, Investigation and Recording (Ed Dennison Archaeological Services report 2009/346.R03 for The Vivat Trust) online copy
  • Richardson, Shaun and Dennison, Ed, 2009, Bolton Percy Gatehouse, Bolton Percy, North Yorkshire: Initial Architectural and Archaeological Assessment_(Ed Dennison Archaeological Services report 2009/346.R01 for The Vivat Trust) online copy