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Slingsby Castle

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SE69617488
Latitude 54.16506° Longitude -0.93532°

Slingsby Castle has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are masonry footings remains.

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


Ruins of country house built in the early 17th century for Sir Charles Cavendish, probably by John Smythson, on the site of an earlier building which was granted a licence to crenellate in 1344 and relicenced in 1474. The building is oblong in plan with corner projections, built of limestone with ashlar dressings. It was slighted during the Civil War. The remains of a moat survive as earthworks, though the east side is much mutilated and covered with allotments. (PastScape)

Ruins of Slingsby Castle 25.1.54 GV II Ruins of country house. 1620s. For Sir Charles Cavendish, probably by John Smythson. Limestone rubble brought to course, ashlar dressings. Oblong on plan with corner projections. Originally 2 storeys, 5 bays, with projecting stair turrets to angles. Window openings with quoined jambs under tooled triangular pediments. Remains of first-floor cornice with decorated band. Corner turrets and parts of side walls surviving to 2 storeys in places. This building was probably never finished as Sir Charles Cavendish fled to the continent with his brother the Duke of Newcastle, in 1644. (Listed Building Report)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1344 Jan 28 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).
A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1474 April 17.


Licence to crenellate granted to Ralph Hastings in 1344 and to William, Lord Hastings in 1474. In the 1344 licence it is called a mansum but in the 1474 licence it is called 'castle or manor', unlike the other manors mentioned in that licence. Clearly what was built from the 1344 licence had some martial aspect.
The moat has outer bank on at least two sides. Even in its eroded state it is over 2m high and several meters wide. The outer bank may be a C16 garden walk feature but is reminiscent of the feature of nearby Helmsley Castle and may be earlier. The Jacobean house may contain remnants of the earlier licenced house(s).
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