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Gawthorpe, near Harewood

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Harewood.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of Leeds.
1974 county of West Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Yorkshire West Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: SE31204439
Latitude 53.89477° Longitude -1.52671°

Gawthorpe, near Harewood has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


In 1480, William Gascoigne was granted licence to crenellate his manor of Gawthorpe (circa SE 313 441) which in due course became the administrative centre of Harewood township. This was demolished between 1770-76 and replaced by Harewood House (Faull and Moorhouse). The remains of Gawthorpe Hall and associated garden features are visible as parchmarks on air photographs. The features are centred at SE 3120 4439 and comprise a complex of many linear parchmarks on average 0.6m wide. (PastScape)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1480 July 14 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).


The site was excavated between 2010-2013 by students from the University of York under the supervision or Dr Jonathan Finch. Gatehouse The available online information is patchy, of a blog nature, and doesn't include checkable sources. Apparently, it does not mention the licence to crenellate of 1480. Dr Finch informs Gatehouse that the report on the excavation will be publish in the autumn of 2017.
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