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Hipswell Hall

In the civil parish of Hipswell.
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: SE18819842
Latitude 54.38093° Longitude -1.71189°

Hipswell Hall has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are major building remains.

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law*.


Western range of fortified manor house, now farmhouse. C15 with alterations dated 1596. Manor house of the Fulthorpe family, altered for George Wandesford. Coursed stone, part roughcast, with ashlar dressings, stone slate roof. 2 storeys with near-central 3-storey tower porch, 2 first-floor windows. Quoins. Embattled parapet. Porch: part-glazed door in chamfered ashlar surround with triangular soffit to lintel. Above, plaque with raised lettering "GW 1596". First floor: 2-light double-chamfered mullion window with vertical iron bars and hoodmould. Second floor: 2-light double- chamfered mullion window with vertical iron bars. Plain parapet. Left return of porch: double-chamfered light vent between ground and first floors; waterspout from parapet. Right return of porch: waterspout from parapet. House, to left of porch: 4-light double-chamfered mullion window with vertical iron bars and hoodmould on ground floor; 4-light double- chamfered mullion and transom window with vertical iron bars and hoodmould on first floor. To right of porch: 2-storey 5-sided bay window with ogee lights in square heads with recessed spandrels and vertical iron bars. First-floor windows cinquefoil-cusped, those on ground floor have had the cusping cut away. Between windows, a traceried panel with a cross moline, the arms of the Fulthorpes. Crenellated parapet. To right of window, waterspout from parapet. Rear: most original openings blocked, including a doorway and windows. On first floor, a window of 2 pointed lights. Two- storey flat-roofed extension, said to be of c.1917, re-using old materials, and with re-set chamfered doorway with triangular soffit to lintel and board door on left return. Right return: 5-light chamfered mullion window with hoodmould on ground floor; 5-light chamfered mullion and transom window with hoodmould on first floor. Interior: armorial shield in plaster ceiling of ground floor bay window. The extensive manor house is shown in Samuel Buck's Yorkshire Sketchbook (1979), p. 384. VCH i, p. 302. H. Speight, Romantic Richmondshire (1897), p. 118. (Listed Building Report)

Hipswell Hall, on the fringe of Catterick garrison town, was a lightly fortified, two-storeyed block-like house similar to South Cawton Castle and of comparable date. It was more elegant than South Cowton and was substantially extended in the late sixteenth century as Buck's sketch of c. 1718 illustrates. Reduced to its original volume in c. 1840 this battlemented farmhouse stands within a rectangular moated site now partly enclosed by a nineteenth-century crenellated wall. (Emery 1996)
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