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Ryther Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Hall Garth

In the civil parish of Ryther Cum Ossendyke.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of York.
1974 county of North Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Yorkshire West Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: SE55313937
Latitude 53.84811° Longitude -1.16042°

Ryther Castle has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are earthwork remains.


The Ryther family castle, surrounded by its moat, stood to the west of the church (l'Anson). There is no surface indication of the hall. The moat survives as a dry hollow representing the SE angle of the former enclosure (Field Investigator, ECW, 01-MAY-1963). North enclosure of moat destroyed. Stone reported from this area. Modern house on south enclosure (le Patourel). A large quantity of foundation stone was discovered in a field known as Hall Garth in 1841 together with eleven human skeletons, of unknown date, laid in the form of a ring (Speight). OS 6" 1851 shows two arms of a rectangular moat surrounding the site of the hall, west of All Saints' Church. This site lies within a ploughed field with no earthworks or soil marks surviving. The moat immediately to the south has been infilled. The site is thus considered to be below the threshold for national importance. It is thus proposed that no further scheduling action is taken. (PastScape)

The nearby parish church has many tombs of knights of the Ryther family. A Ryther of Ryther Castle signed the deeds to Appleton Nunnery in the reign of Stephen. It is doubtful if this site ever had substantial fortifications but it is a fairly large site and has been heavily ploughed. The site also controls an old, and now defunct, crossing of the River Wharfe. Mote Hill, Nun Appleton, is on the other side of River.
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