Leconfield Manor

Has been described as a Certain Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NameLeconfield Manor
Alternative NamesLeconfield Castle; Lekyngfeld; Lekinfield; Leckenfield; Leckonfield; Lekenfeld; Lekingefelde; Legenfeld; Legenfeud
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityEast Riding of Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityHumberside
Civil ParishLeconfield

Site of a medieval fortified manor house, surrounded by a moat. The principal seat of the Percy family from the 14th to the later 16th century, it was licenced in 1308. Known to have been ruinous in 1608, it was demolished soon after. All that now remains are the earthworks of the moat. Documents of 1538/9 refer to a timber framed house and brick gatehouse, with outbuildings set around a central courtyard. The earthwork remains of ridge and furrow and a fishpond survive to the east of the moat. (PastScape)

The large sub-rectangular island measures 140m E-W; its W end is 120m long and its E end 110m long. It is surrounded by a single dry moat with an outer earthen bank. The moat ditch is steep-sided, up to 4m deep and generally between 3 and 6m wide, although in its NE corner and elsewhere it is as wide as 10m. Surrounding the moat on its NE and S sides is an external earthen bank 5m wide. On the W side this has been reduced to 3m by ploughing. On the N and E sides of the moat the bank is 1.5m high; to the S it is 1.75m high; to the W it is only 0.75m high, though still 5m wide. Access to the island was via a causeway crossing the N arm of the moat. Immediately to the E of the moat there are traces of ridge and furrow and a poorly defined fishpond; these are excluded from the Scheduling due to their poor state of preservation. (EH Scheduling Report)

Lekingfeld is a large house, and stondith withyn a great mote yn one very spatius courte. 3. partes of the house, saving the meane gate that is made of brike, is al of tymbre. The 4. parte is fair made of stone and sum brike. I saw in a litle studiyng chaumber ther caullid Paradice the genealogie of the Percys. The park therby is very fair and large and meately welle woddid. Ther is a fair tour of brike for a logge yn the park. (Leland)

Gatehouse Comments

There is a 3m high mound in the SW corner of the site is report in PastScape as 'A shapeless earthen mound at TA 0131 4307 appears to have no significance, and is possibly the residue from the clearance of the site. -Ref: Field Investigator, RWE, 09-OCT-1962'. This may represent a collapsed building, possibly mixed with other demolition debris.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTA012431
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