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Horden Hall

In the civil parish of Horden.
In the historic county of Durham; County Palatinate of.
Modern Authority of Durham.
1974 county of County Durham.

OS Map Grid Reference: NZ43284242
Latitude 54.77484° Longitude -1.32864°

Horden Hall has been described as a probable Tower House, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are masonry footings remains.

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

Description

Site of C13 towerhouse, which may have been rebuilt in C15. It was demolished in the late C16 and was replaced by Grade 2-star listed Horden Hall which, in its northern side, incorporates some 2m thick walling, possibly part of the original building. Licence to crenellate granted to Marmaduke fitz Geoffrey in 1260. Widow of William de Claxton received a licence for a private chapel in her "manor house at Horden" in 1411. (Jackson)

The licence in 45 Hen. III. to Marmaduke Fitz-Geoffrey for his house at Horden, a place which Mr. Parker says is unknown, and he queries it Houghton. Now the licencee is a notable personage in the pedigree of the Fitz-Marmadukes of Horden, and that spot, their customary residence, is one of the earliest and best known estates among the military tenures of the Palatinate. It is near Easington. The present hall is Jacobean, but it might repay a more careful investigation than has been bestowed upon it. (Longstaffe)

Small manor house. Mid C17, possibly incorporating medieval masonry, with later alterations. Probably for Sir John Conyers (died 1664). Interior: 2-metre thick rear wall, possibly medieval, visible in cellar. (Listed Building Report)

The actual form of the C13 house (domum) of Marmaduke fitz Geoffrey does not seem to be really known and authors have assumed it was a tower house, although this was a common form of such houses in this area. One of several medieval high status houses on the periphery of Yoden DMV in the medieval parish of Easington. (cf. Eden Hall and Seaton Holme)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1260 Dec 18 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

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This record last updated on Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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