Burstwick Hall Garth

Has been described as a Certain Palace (Royal), and also as a Certain Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NameBurstwick Hall Garth
Alternative NamesBurstwick Castle
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityEast Riding of Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityHumberside
Civil ParishBurstwick

A nearly square moat, said to be the site of Burstwick castle, may have surrounded the old house. The sites of two or more fishponds lie to the south of the moat (Poulson). Burstwick was one of the most important Royal manors in the north during the first half of the 14th century. The manor escheated to the Crown as part of the inheritance of Aveline de Forz in 1274. The residence, situated at Hall Garth was evidently built round a courtyard with inner and outer gatehouses together with chapels, a dovecote and a windmill, also a garden and two parks, the N park having a moated lodge with hall and chapel. There are records of maintenance from 1277 to 1354; the ditches and fish ponds were constructed in 1294 (Brown). (PastScape)

Caput baronie of Albemarle fee, on slight rise. One of the most important royal manors in the north during the first half of C14. Buildings, largely of timber, included two chapels, hall, chambers, etc. Moat added to existing house in 1291. (Le Patourel)

Gatehouse Comments

A site of such significance will almost certainly had some fortifications.

- 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 ReferenceTA220290
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Photograph by Philip Davis. All rights reserved
Photograph by Philip Davis. All rights reserved
Photograph by Philip Davis. All rights reserved
Photograph by Philip Davis. All rights reserved

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  • Le Patourel, H.E. Jean, 1972, 'Moated sites of Yorkshire: a survey and its implications' Ch√Ęteau Gaillard Vol. 5 p. 121-132