Weaverthorpe manor

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NameWeaverthorpe manor
Alternative Names
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Civil ParishWeaverthorpe

Excavations by T C M Brewster for MOW on part of the manorial site affected by the extension of St Andrew's churchyard (SE 967711) uncovered two large buildings, a Roman pit, remains of garth walls, an oval enclosure later than the 14th century, an oval pit containing Stamford ware, and the remains of several small buildings. The large hall and associated rooms, was 64 ft by 26 ft and constructed of chalk walls 2 ft thick. Ceramic and documentary evidence show that it was constructed in the early 13th century and abandoned by about 1356. The second structure of the 12th century was 57ft by 28 ft with 4 1/2 ft thick chalk-slab walls laid in herringbone style. An eroded Roman coin, RB potsherds, and pustular ware sherds were found in the wall-bonding (Med Arch, 1961). The earthwork encloses two contiguous sub-rectangular areas, the western approximately 80.0m x 130.0m and the eastern 50.0m x 120.0m. The western enclosures originally consisted of a bank with an outer ditch which is still evident on the W. S and part of the E sides. The bank of the eastern enclosure crosses the ditch at the SE angle, evidence that the western enclosure was the primary feature. The eastern enclosure was also originally contained by a bank, but on the E side this has been reduced to an outward facing scarp. In addition it also has an external ditch along the S side. The primary enclosure clearly pre-dates the manor complex, the slight visible remains of which overlie the northern part of its E side. Despite its Roman characteristics Brewster postulates an immediate post-conquest date on ceramic evidence from the primary silting of the ditch. The Roman finds from the site he attributes to RB settlement of which no surface indications remain. Mr R H Hayes confirms that in 1951 during the Roman excavations at Norton ER, he and D Smith sectioned the bank and ditch of the primary earthwork at the above site in an attempt to establish whether or not it was Roman in origin

This section, which proved to be inconclusive, was the only work done at that time (Field Investigators Comments–F1 DS 13-JUN-1972). (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

Ingham writes 'the churchyard extends on to the site of a C12-C14 fortified manor house; chalk foundations excavated in 1960 uncovered evidence of two large rectangular buildings; the manor house was enclosed by a bank." The excavation reports does not suggest the site was fortified and the enclosing bank is of a domestic quality.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSE967711
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  • Ingham, Bernard, 2001, Bernard Ingham's Yorkshire Castles (Dalesman) p. 27


  • Brewster, T.C.M., 1972, Yorkshire Archaeological Journal Vol. 44 p. 114-133
  • Brewster, T.C.M., 1961, 'Medieval Britain in 1960' Medieval Archaeology Vol. 5 p. 328-9 online copy
  • Hurst, J.G., 1953, The Archaeological News Letter p. 172