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Faxfleet Hall Garths, Blacktoft

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Blacktoft.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of East Riding of Yorkshire.
1974 county of Humberside.
Medieval County of Yorkshire East Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: SE86022483
Latitude 53.71200° Longitude -0.69816°

Faxfleet Hall Garths, Blacktoft has been described as a Palace although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a probable Fortified Manor House, and also as a probable Fortified Ecclesiastical site.

There are earthwork remains.


Earthworks of deep hollow ways enclosing small fields occur at the reputed site of an establishment of Knights Templars which existed at Faxfleet in the 12th century. The preceptory of Faxfleet was one of the most important in the country, and when suppressed between AD 1308-12 its value was 290 pounds. Foundation date not known, but extant by 1220. (PastScape)

Although very little is known of this preceptory, it was clearly one of the most important in the county. The value in 1308 is returned as £290 4s. 10d., a greater sum than was set down for any other Yorkshire preceptory; the chapel was remarkably well provided, the value of its contents reaching the exceptional sum of £12, and there was 'a certain treasury with many written deeds and bulls relating to estates in Yorkshire,' which was duly locked up and sealed with the seals of the sheriff and the preceptor of Yorkshire. Several of the Templars arrested in 1308 said that they had been received into the order of Faxfleet. Hugh of Tadcaster, for instance, related how he had formerly been ' claviger' at Faxfleet, and when he desired to be admitted the Grand Master, William de la More, received him into the order in the chapel. (VCH)

The Preceptory may have had defensive features. After a period in royal hands the site came into the hands of the Scropes of Masham in 1392 when it became a lightly defended moated house which was attacked in 1413.
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