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Clifton Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Clifton upon Ure; Masham; Clifton super Yoram

In the civil parish of Clifton On Yore.
In the historic county of Yorkshire North Riding.
Modern Authority of North Yorkshire.
1974 county of North Yorkshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SE21818426
Latitude 54.25356° Longitude -1.66673°

Clifton Castle has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are masonry footings remains.

Description

The manor of Clifton anciently belonged to the Lords Scrope of Masham. Geoffrey le Scrope obtained license to make a castle of his house at Clifton in the reign of Edward II (1307-27 AD). Clifton Castle was erected in 1806 on the site of the ancient castellated mansion (Whellan). Running N from a quadrangle of buildings on the NW of the Castle, is an old stone rubble wall believed to be a survival from the original castle (Listed Report) Castle erected 1320. Written evidence held by owners. There are no remains other than the portion of walling previously noted. This is 17m long x 2.5 x 0.8m and it cannot be put into context with the original castle. (Field Investigators Comments–F1 RE 04-JAN-73) (PastScape)

Clifton Castle, the residence of Lady Cowell, stands in a well-wooded park which slopes down to the river. It is an ashlar-built house in the classical style of the early 19th century. The site is that of the older castle, the foundations of which form part of the cellars of the present building. A drawing made in 1805 shows a portion of the ruins with a buttress of two stages, a large pointed archway and other details; it was described by Leland as a 'house caullid Clifton, like a pile or castelet.' On the south side of the house, outside the area of the present cellars, but on a level with them, is a stone-built well, which formed the original water supply of the castle. (VCH)
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Sources of information, references and further reading
  • English Heritage (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s) 52280.
  • County Historic Environment Record (or Sites and Monuments Record) number(s) MNY15521.
  • Websites (Gatehouse is not responsible for the content of external websites.)
  • Books
    • Jackson, M.J., 2001, Castles of North Yorkshire (Carlisle)
      Salter, Mike, 2001, The Castles and Tower Houses of Yorkshire (Malvern: Folly Publications) p. 29
      Emery, Anthony, 1996, Greater Medieval Houses of England and Wales Vol. 1 Northern England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) p. 421
      King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 532 (possible)
      Pevsner, N., 1966, Buildings of England: Yorkshire: North Riding (London, Penguin) p. 122
      Page, Wm (ed), 1914, VCH Yorkshire: North Riding Vol. 1 p. 344-6 online transcription
      Harvey, Alfred, 1911, Castles and Walled Towns of England (London: Methuen and Co)
      Mackenzie, J.D., 1896, Castles of England; their story and structure (New York: Macmillan) Vol. 2 p. 213 online copy
      Whellan T, 1859, History and topography of the city of York and the North Riding of Yorkshire Vol. 2 p. 384 online copy
      Turner, T.H. and Parker, J.H., 1859, Some account of Domestic Architecture in England (Oxford) Vol. 3 Part 2 p. 407 online copy
  • Periodical Articles
    • 1972, The Archaeological Journal Vol. 128 p. 188
  • Primary (Medieval documents or transcriptions of such documents - This section is far from complete and the secondary sources should be consulted for full references.)
    • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1903, Calendar of Patent Rolls Edward II (1317-21) Vol. 3 p. 26 online copy
  • Antiquarian (Histories and accounts from late medieval and early modern writers)
    • Toulmin-Smith, Lucy (ed), 1908, The itinerary of John Leland in or about the years 1535-1543 (London: Bell and Sons) Vol. 2 p. 2 online copy
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