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Conisbrough Moot Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Le Mote Hall; Moat Hall

In the civil parish of Conisbrough Ward of Doncaster NPA.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of Doncaster.
1974 county of South Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Yorkshire West Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK51189870
Latitude 53.48260° Longitude -1.23012°

Conisbrough Moot Hall has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such, and also as a Urban Defence although is doubtful that it was such, and also as a probable Uncertain.

There are no visible remains.


An enclosure, possibly representing the pre-conquest royal 'burgh' from which the town takes its name or town defences contemporary with the foundation of Conisbrough Castle (or both), is suggested by the street plan of Conisbrough as depicted on historic Ordnance Survey maps. The church of St Peter sits at the approximate centre of the enclosure and seems to have influenced the eventual street plan, which may represent a compromise between Norman urban planning and a pre-existing layout (Field Investigators Comments English Heritage: field observation on Conisbrough Castle environs: 01-JUL-2008). (PastScape)

Sneyd mentions Moot Hall and loosely suggests an earlier motte site at this location near the church. There is no evidence for this nor for a moat. The hall, demolished in 1871, and its precursors clearly took their name from being a moot, the judicial meeting place for the Strafforth Wapentake. It is possible that the isolated hill on which Conisborough Castle was the original moot site with the Saxon king's burh being by the church (St Peter's is a stone Saxon church of at least C8 date) and that, at some point possibly after the Norman Conquest, these function were reversed with the castle becoming a residence and the moot moving to a location by the church. It is likely the King's burh was enclosed with, at least, a fence.
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