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North Duffield Castle, Yorkshire

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Hall Farm; Skipwith; Norduffeld

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SE69183738
Latitude 53.82809° Longitude -0.95042°

North Duffield Castle, Yorkshire has been described as a certain Fortified Manor House.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


Medieval fortified manor house, traditionally the site of a 'castle', located on a natural spur to the west of the River Derwent . The natural defences on three sides are enhanced by a broad moat ditch on the western side. There are no traces of the manor house, mentioned in documentary sources in 1320, as the present farmhouse is modern. (PastScape)

North Duffield anciently belonged to the Salvins, a knightly race, to whom it came through the marriage of Sibyl, one of the heirs of Roger de Thurkelby, with Robert Salveyn, in the reign of Edward I. Sir Gerald, his son, was cited to answer Quo Warranto he claimed a market, fair, tumbrell, gallows, and pillory, and he pleaded that the same had been granted by charter to Roger de Thurkelby, his mother's uncle. The Salvins had their principal residence here. Later the manor descended to the Husseys, whose castle stood on the banks of the Derwent. Lord Hussey, of this place, took an active part in the Pilgrimage of Grace, and was executed with the other leaders in 1537. The castle was demolished long ago, but the site where it stood is still easily traceable by the unevenness of the ground. Near the spot is Duffield Hall, a farmhouse, occupied by Mr. William Townsley. (Bulmer's History and Directory )

The medieval manor-house of the Salvains, mentioned in 1320, presumably stood on the site now occupied by a farm-house known as North Duffield Hall, which still has prominent earthworks around it. This is traditionally the site of a 'castle', presumably the fortified manor-house. (VCH)

Le Patourel writes reused ashlar in present house.
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