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Harswell, Everingham

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Herssewell in Spaldingmor.

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SE82044082
Latitude 53.85713° Longitude -0.75417°

Harswell, Everingham has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.

Description

The remains of a badly mutilated bipartite moated homestead, the eastern arm having been destroyed. The ditch, which is now dry, averages 11.0m in width and is 0.6m deep. There are no foundations visible within the much disturbed interior, but a house is shown on an old plan (undated) which is in the possession of the farmer (Field Investigators Comments–F1 BHP 21-AUG-72). Licence to crenellate granted in 1247. Moat being filled. (Le Patourel). The moated site was mapped from air photographs, seen as an earthwork in the 1940s, the site is seen plough-levelled on the latest photography. The two islands measured 80 m and 40 m in length respectively and 60-70 m in breadth. There appears to have been very broad rig and furrow within the moated area, and outside adjacent to the west. Further air photographs taken in 2005 again show the moat visible as very clear cropmarks. Two ditches are evident at the south-west and close to the north-east corners of the enclosure which must have acted as inlet/outlet channels. Also a second substantial ditch appears within the line of the western side of the moat and appears to shadow its course perhaps indicating that the moat ditches were re-cut and re-aligned at some point. There are some vague marks within the interior of the moated enclosure which may relate to buildings. (PastScape)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1303 Oct 20 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Comments

The licence to crenellate was actually granted to Gerard Salvayn in 1303. 1303 is the 31st year of Edward I reign, Le Patourel's date of 1247 is the 31st year of Henry III reign. Le Patourel seems to have made an error here and mixed up the kings.
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