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Kyme Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Newton Kyme

In the civil parish of Newton Kyme Cum Toulston.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of North Yorkshire.
1974 county of North Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Yorkshire West Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: SE46604494
Latitude 53.89854° Longitude -1.29230°

Kyme Castle has been described as a certain Fortified Manor House.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

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


Although the visible remains of Newton Kyme Castle are limited in extent, it is believed that further remains are preserved beneath the surrounding landscaped gardens. The castle lies adjacent to the village of Newton Kyme and surrounding earthworks, and is one of several medieval sites within the area. The remains at Newton Kyme retain important evidence for the study of fortified manors within the wider medieval landscape of the north of England. The monument includes parts of a fortified manor house lying in the grounds of Newton Kyme Hall, situated on a raised river terrace to the south of the River Wharfe. The remains comprise a well preserved length of medieval wall, orientated north to south. The wall is 15m in length, 1.2m thick with a return to the west at both ends. A first floor lancet window is located to the south part of the wall and a corbel on the east side indicates that this was an interior face to the structure. The stub return walls at both ends further indicate that the wall also extended westwards. There is a pointed arch doorway at the north of the wall which, along with the upper masonry around and to the north of it, appears to be a later rebuild, and may date from the Victorian garden landscaping. Further remains of the manor are believed to be preserved around the monument but their full extent cannot, as yet be determined. A square headed window serving as a memorial is located in the churchyard to the south and may have originated from the manor house. It is thought that the manor may have been founded by the de Kyme family in the 13th century and fortified in the 14th by the Talbot family. The manor house may have gradually fallen into decay in the subsequent centuries and was finally granted to Thomas Fairfax after the Civil War in the 17th century. The castle remains are Listed Grade II. (Scheduling Report)

Castle ruins. Probably C13. Magnesian limestone. Thick wall approximately 10 metres in length and 3 metres in height. Pointed archway and lancet window to right. (Listed Building Report)
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