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Wood Hall, Womersley

In the civil parish of Womersley.
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: SE53632059
Latitude 53.67903° Longitude -1.18955°

Wood Hall, Womersley has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are masonry footings remains.


Medieval moated manor, first documented 1322. Total excavation of the site occuried 1987-98 in advance of destruction by the Gale Common Ash Disposal Facility. Occupation remains of C12-C16 date have been found together with overlying C18-C19 model farm. There has been exceptional preservation of organic remains. A Medieval garden and finds indicative of the high status of the site have been discovered. The moat was found to be an integral part of the, partly pre existing, Medieval land drainage system. A pond in an annexe to the north, originally thought to be a fishpond, is now considered to be a clay pit for brickmaking. (PastScape)

Extensively excavated 1987-1998. Several interim reports produced but the final report is still awaited. However, the site is reasonably fully described in the The Wood Hall Moated Manor Project website.
One of a large number of moated houses of various sizes in this area of low land in the flood plains of the Rivers Aire and Don. These moats may have had more to do with drainage and flood management than defence or status, although this area, Barnsdale Forest did have a reputation for outlaws and 'keeping up with the Jones's' status building may also play its part.
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