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Darfield New Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Wombwell; Cranford Hall

In the civil parish of Barnsley.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of Barnsley.
1974 county of South Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Yorkshire West Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: SE39490527
Latitude 53.54260° Longitude -1.40554°

Darfield New Hall has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are masonry footings remains.

This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law*.


Moated courtyard site, now occupied by a late C18 house. The lower courses of the medieval perimeter wall run along the inner side of the southern moat arm, forming a revetment wall. The gateway lies near the centre of this length of wall, flanked by buttresses bearing the coats of arms of Bosvile and Cresacre. The medieval hall block lay opposite the entrance gate. It is now covered by C18 house, except at the western end, where part of the outer wall, a fireplace and chimney stack survive. The first floor of the medieval west range was formerly timber framed but this was rebuilt in brick in C17 or C18. At one time a stable, the building was remodelled in C19 and has recently been converted into a dwelling. It is possible that this range was once flanked to the north and south by angle towers. These, together with the moat and the perimeter wall, would have rendered the site defensible in case of need. The heraldry on the gateway suggests a construction date some time in the first half of C15. (PastScape)

Birch writes southerly example of a 'tower house' (presumably a pele tower) now demolished although two pictures of the tower do survive. The modern name is Cranford Hall but the site was called New Hall in C14 documents.
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