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Bishop Wilton Hall Garth

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Bishops Palace

In the civil parish of Bishop Wilton.
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: SE799553
Latitude 53.98860° Longitude -0.78008°

Bishop Wilton Hall Garth has been described as a probable Palace, and also as a Fortified Manor House although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


A large medieval moated site with attached fishponds located at the eastern end of the village of Bishop Wilton. The moated island measures 180 metres south-west to north-east by 90 metres south-east to north-west, and is enclosed by a moat 3 metres wide and 3 metres deep. This moat has an outer bank 2 metres wide and surviving to a maximum height of one metre. A stream runs into and through the south-eastern arm of the moat, but the remainder of the moat is dry. Two large fishponds are incorporated into the moat, one located to the south of the south-eastern arm measures 50 metres by 5 metres. The other at the eastern corner of the monument measures 40 metres by 35 metres. The interior of the moated island exhibits a series of upstanding earthworks interpreted as the surviving remains of the buildings and other features which formerly occupied the island. These include remains of building platforms to the east of the site and, at the western corner of the site, a large circular tower. The moat was crossed on its north-western side, where remains of a gatehouse have been identified. There are remains of a building platform and a further earthwork outside the moat, to the south of the monument; these are considered to be integral to the monument. The site is thought to have been built for Archbishop Neville during the reign of Edward IV, though the manor itself had been in the hands of the See of York since the reign of the Saxon king Athelstan, and so it is likely that the remains visible today overlie earlier structures. (Scheduling Report)

The site is believed to mark the palace of Archbishop Neville who resided here in the reign of Edward IV. His arms appear on one of the church windows. A moated enclosure, now dry, with fish ponds to the South-east. All are in good condition. Within the enclosure the ground is hummocky, and the overgrown remains of two rectangular buildings are the only identifiable features. Suggestion of gatehouse at South-West corner and gap in North moat. Another large enclosure to South. Aerial photographs show up the outline of buildings clearly on the interior of the moated enclosure, and the associated fishponds. Two other possible fishponds, much smaller, can be identified on the lower slope to the south-east, at SE 8130 5522 and SE 8030 5522. Traces of ridge and furrow cultivation survive to the north of Hall Garth and the village. (PastScape)
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