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HUNSINGORE HALL

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The remains of a medieval hall located on a raised river terrace overlooking the River Nidd at the southern end of the village of Hunsingmore. The monument occupies a knoll, the south and west sides formed by the natural lie of the land and the east side formed by a deep hollow way. The knoll has steep sides and a flat top which measures 80 metres east to west by 60 metres north to south. The foundations of the medieval hall survive as a sub-rectangular shaped earthwork up to 1.5 metres high in the centre of the site. To the south of the site of the hall there are terraces which are the remains of the formal gardens. The hall is thought to have been built on the site of an earlier defensive earthwork or motte commanding the ancient river crossing. Little is known of the early history of the monument. The manor of Hunsingore was granted to the Knights Templar preceptory at nearby Ribston in 1217 and it may be that the earliest defensive site was a castrum of the order. After the dissolution of the preceptory in 1536 the manor was granted to Henry Goodricke. It was some time after the 1540s that the Goodricke family home was built on the site, probably utilising existing buildings. However, the hall did not last long and it is thought that it was destroyed during the Civil War in the 1640s. Scheduled. This monument is visible as an earthwork on air photos.

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