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Elslack Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Estlake in Craven

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SD92844923
Latitude 53.93901° Longitude -2.11060°

Elslack Hall has been described as a certain Fortified Manor House, and also as a Tower House although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a probable Pele Tower.

There are masonry ruins/remnants remains.

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law*.


The Manor Hall of Elslack seems to have been rebuilt about the reign of Henry VIII. 12 Edward II (1319). Godfrey de Altaripa had licence to embattle his house at Elslacke and a few lancet windows may possibly be of that period. There are the remains of a moat.
There are two stones on different parts of the building inscribed RB 1672, doubtless meant to commemorate the restoration of the hall by Robert Benson (Whitaker; Speight).
Elslack Hall is a two storey building much modernised but still retaining many of its 18th century features. The lancet windows mentioned by Whitaker are still to be seen but no trace remains of the two stones dated 1672 (Field Investigator, RL, 12-AUG-1960). (PastScape)

Of the embattled house of the Altaripas (if they ever availed themselves of their licence to embattle) there are now no appearances; a few lancet windows may possibly be of that period, but the greatest part of the present house seems to have been rebuilt about the reign of Henry VIII. and has little remarkable about it.—The Dungeon mentioned by Dodsworth has disappeared, and is forgotten. The house has been surrounded by a deep and broad moat. (Whitaker)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1318 Nov 24 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).


The actual form of the C14 house is not known. Going to the bother of obtaining a licence to crenellate may suggest an intent to build something large and grand but scant remains might suggest a fairly limited amount of masonry work.
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