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Newall Old Hall, Otley

In the civil parish of Otley.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of Leeds.
1974 county of West Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Liberty of Cawood, Wistow and Otley.

OS Map Grid Reference: SE20034644
Latitude 53.91373° Longitude -1.69654°

Newall Old Hall, Otley has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are no visible remains.


Newhall Old Hall, now a farm-house, is believed to have been originally a peel-tower, though the oldest or central part of the four-storey building no doubt dates from the time of the Reformation. The 17th century east and west wings were rebuilt in 1827 out of the old material. Nothing is known of the first house. (Speight) Originally a four storey peel tower. East and west wings were added in the 17th century, rebuilt in 1827 and demolished between 1908 and 1921. Central tower demolished between 1921 and 1934. Described by Moorhouse in 1987 as retaining well preserved earthworks of the house and other features.
The site appears to fall into two ownerships. About a quarter of the area, forming a strip along the northern side is largely unmanaged except immediately around Newhall Church Hall which fronts onto Newhall Carr Road to the west. The bulk of the site is a recreation ground, mainly under grass but with a playground to the south of the church hall.
The site was assessed for scheduling but is most appropriately managed as an area of public open space via the local planning system. (PastScape)
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