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Barningham; The Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Barningham Park

In the civil parish of Barningham.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of Durham.
1974 county of County Durham.
Medieval County of Yorkshire North Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: NZ08621021
Latitude 54.48707° Longitude -1.86875°

Barningham; The Hall has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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


Three storey stone country house, mainly of C16 and C17 date and altered in the C18 and C19. The north range and kitchen wing are earlier, probably dating from the medieval period. The house was remodelled circa 1720, heightened in the mid C18 and extended in the early C19. Built of stone and stone rubble, with slate and stone roofs. The walls of the north range are 1m thick and it is possible that it was originally built as a fortified house. (PastScape)

Barningham Park, since 1690 the seat of the Milbank family, stands towards the east end of the village of Barningham. The house faces east and forms an L-plan, with a broad kitchen wing projecting east at the north end of the three-storeyed seven-bay main block. Externally the house is largely of 18th-century character, with the main block facade of c1720 except for the top floor added c1750. Indications in the fabric - in particular the use of long roughly-shaped angle quoins - suggests that the main block and its rear stair projection may be of 16th or 17th century origin, but the clearest evidence of older fabric is in the kitchen wing. Here the western part of the inner section of the wing appears to represent a house, or perhaps the cross-wing of a house, of 16th century (?) date. Barningham Park is a complex house, and its earlier phases are difficult to interpret in detail. (Durham SMR)

The house is certainly in the location one would expect for a high status medieval manor house but there seems to be no medieval manorial history.
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