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New Hall Tower

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Clifford's Tower

In the civil parish of Embsay with Eastby.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of North Yorkshire.
1974 county of North Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Yorkshire North Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: SD98415654
Latitude 54.00487° Longitude -2.02560°

New Hall Tower has been described as a probable Pele Tower.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


'New Hall or Cliffords Tower (Site of)' is depicted on the 1st edition 6" OS map.
On the high pinnacle of the Forest of Cookrise near Waterford Water Fall Gill the Cliffords built a watch or hunting tower overlooking that of the Nortons. It is mentioned in a boundary perambulation of c.1600. (Whitaker 1878; Bogg 1904)
Surveyed at 6" scale. Only a small mound of heather covered masonry within the vague outline of the foundations remains. These measure 6m by 5.7m. (OS Archaeology Division Field Investigator's Comment, R.L. Lewis, 27/07/1965)
Condition unchanged. Outline of foundations surveyed at 1:10,000. (OS Archaeology Division Field Investigator's Comment, R.W. Emsley, 04/05/1976) (Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority)

Although this doesn't survive it was probably similar to Norton Tower on the other side of the valley which it was inter-visible with. The Cliffords and Norton appeared to have been local rivals, in dispute over the deer hunting. Neither of these towers would be military although if an argument between hunting parties armed with hunting weapons got out of hand either or both might be safe refuges. Clearly their main function was as symbolic markers of territory and as leisure retreats for hunting parties.
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