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Rossington Draw Dykes

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Draw Dikes

In the civil parish of Rossington.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of Doncaster.
1974 county of South Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Yorkshire West Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK61869857
Latitude 53.48023° Longitude -1.06933°

Rossington Draw Dykes has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House, and also as a Uncertain although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.


Draw Dikes. Medieval moated site bisected by railway. East half currently threatened with modern housing development. Not the most impressive moat in the district. It probably marks the site of Rossington Manor House, which belonged to the Fossards and Mauleys, eventually passing via the Crown to Doncaster Corporation in Henry VII's reign. (Magilton)

Near the wood denominated the park, vestiges of an ancient edifice are yet observable. On this area, which comprises above 1,000 square yards, the ruins were, until very recently, tolerably extensive, but on the rebuilding of the town in the latter part of the last century, the whole was removed, and the identity of the site is fast verging to the "night of time." The encircling dikes are yet to be seen, but the rivulet which replenished, them with the means of defence, has ceased to perform its functions. Rafters, which appear to have sustained a draw-bridge, or some such construction upon the moat, were, before the enclosure, clearly evident. The road which led to this quondam hoary mansion, was below the present rampart, and seems to have made directly to the bridge that crossed the enclosing foss. Near to it was found a brass dial-plate, but its date is posterior to that of the demolition of the house. To attempt successfully to unravel the mysterious history of this foundation would be a task of no ordinary character. That a residence of some importance was established here is more than probable. This is evinced by what remains of the foundation, as well as by the testimony of popular tradition. The wood that flanks its northern side is called the park, a sheet of water environed its eastern bank, and the whole plot bears the significant appellation of the "Draw-dikes;" but by whom or when erected, must, we are afraid, remain an eternal secret. Its local situation and defensible attitude, vest it with an air of antiquity that reaches beyond the age of our eighth Harry. Within the immediate precincts of this place, we art not aware that any family of note took up its residence, and whether it, with the park, &c., passed from Byrks to the burgesses, or was the occasional residence of the Maulays, is not within the circle of our knowledge. Such ensigns as betoken wealth, and denote more than ordinary consequence, have, however, occasionally shewn themselves; but all, or the major part of them, had reference to the Barons de Maulay. Previously to the church being repaired, some of the venerable old windows exhibited a limited, but rich display of painted glass ; and until a very recent date, one of the windows in the chancel preserved the effigies of Maud de Maulay, lady of Doncaster, as she was then stiled, but now the hand of art has repaired the encroachments of time, and scarcely an article in the village, save the church, can aspire to the age of one hundred years. (Wainwright)

Birch mentions as a doubtful castle site at Rossington. Presumably this refers to Draw Dykes moat, probably the site of Rossington Manor House but may be Cantley Castle Hills, although that is in the adjacent CP of Cantley.
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