Thurnscoe moat

Has been described as a Questionable Fortified Manor House

There are uncertain remains

NameThurnscoe moat
Alternative NamesCastlestede
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityBarnsley
1974 AuthoritySouth Yorkshire
Civil ParishThurnscoe

Medieval moated site at Lane End Farm, Thurnscoe. Prior to excavations in the late 1960s the moated site survived as slight earthworks, the eastern side had been destroyed by housing. The moat was stone-lined and the interior had traces of a pottery kiln. No in situ remains of the kiln survived but there was a large quantity of pottery wasters, charcoal, cinder and burnt clay dumps. It was in production during the 17th century. (PastScape)

Hall in mid 11th century. Moat (part stone revetted) traceable, although built over. Some excavation by D Ashurst by church. Pottery and kiln waste in moat suggest late medieval industrial use. (South Yorkshire SMR)

CASTLESTEDE (PNWR) could refer to a precursor, at or near the same site or elsewhere, fortification, or to the moat itself at SP 448 056 near church. Roman road not far to Northwest. Although site built over Le. Pat notes survival of, in part stone-revetted, moat traces. Suggests later medieval industrial site. (Sneyd 1995)

Gatehouse Comments

Moat close to church, possibly house of one of three manors mentioned in Domesday. Doesn't seem to have been large or strong enough to be considered fortified. The field-name Castlestede is likely to have been part of the demense of one of the the manors, but not necessarily this one.

- Philip Davis

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSE448056
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  • Sneyd, Steve, 1995, The Devil's Logbook Castles and Fortified Sites around South Yorkshire (Hilltop Press) p. 17
  • Le Patourel, H.E. Jean, 1973, The Moated Sites of Yorkshire (The Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph Series 5) p. 128
  • Smith, A.H., 1961, The Place-Names of the West Riding of Yorkshire, Part 1: Lower and Upper Strafforth and Staincross Wapentakes (English Place-name Society 30.1)


  • 1969, Yorkshire Archaeological Journal Vol. 42 p. 247