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Markenfield Hall is an early 14th-century moated manor house about 3 miles (5 km) south of Ripon, North Yorkshire, England. It is in the civil parish of Markenfield Hall, which in 2015 had an estimated population of 10.[1] The estate was an extra parochial area in the Hundred of Burghshire.[2] It was made a civil parish (spelt Markingfield Hall) in 1858.[3] It was part of the West Riding of Yorkshire until 1974, when under the Local Government Act 1972 it became part of the new county of North Yorkshire. It is part of the Borough of Harrogate.

Markenfield Hall
Markingfield Hall
An irregular stone building of one, two and three storeys, the taller parts buttressed and embattled. Mullioned windows. One turret with a small spire. In front of the buildings a lawn.
Main block of Markenfield Hall,
including chapel and great hall
TypeMoated manor house
LocationNorth Yorkshire
Nearest cityRipon
CoordinatesCoordinates: 54°06′06″N 1°33′04″W / 54.10161°N 1.55104°W / 54.10161; -1.55104
OS grid referenceSE29466739
Original useManor house
Architectural style(s)Gothic
OwnerIan and Deirdre Curteis
WebsiteMarkenfield Hall
Official name: Markenfield Hall moated medieval fortified house with associated service buildings and park pale
Designated31 May 1977
Reference no.1018774
Listed Building – Grade I
Official name: Markenfield Hall
Designated23 April 1952
Reference no.1293954
Listed Building – Grade II
Official name: Farm buildings to the south of Markenfield Hall
Designated6 March 1967
Reference no.1315641
Markenfield Hall is located in North Yorkshire
Markenfield Hall
Markenfield Hall in North Yorkshire


House and parkEdit

The house is an L-shaped castellated block, with a great hall that stands above an undercroft and was originally reached by an exterior stone staircase. It is lit by two double-light windows with quatrefoil transom under their arched heads. The house is defended by a moat, which is crossed by one bridge that is guarded by a 16th-century Tudor gatehouse. The house, including the gatehouse, is a Grade I listed building.[4]

Several acres of land to the west and north of the house are emparked. The hall, adjoining land, and park pale are a Scheduled Ancient Monument.[5]

The house is open for public tours at specific times, for groups by appointment, and may be hired as a wedding venue.


The Domesday Book of 1086 records two households at Markenfield.[6]

In 1150 the estate was held by the Le Bret family who had a house there and adopted the name de Markenfield.

The present house was built for John de Markenfield, an associate of Piers Gaveston and a servant of Edward II. The Crown granted a licence to crenellate Markenfield in 1310, the same year that John was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer.[7] Sir Thomas Markefield was appointed High Sheriff of Yorkshire for 1484 and fought on the side of Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth. In 1569 Thomas de Markenfield was involved in the pro-Catholic Rising of the North and fled to the Continent.[8] Markenfield was confiscated and granted to Thomas Egerton, Master of the Rolls.

Egerton never made Markenfield his main home. It devolved to a rented farmhouse but retained its features. In 1761 Fletcher Norton, 1st Baron Grantley bought the house, replaced the roof of the Great Hall and ensured that the house was structurally sound once more. It descended to the 7th Baron Grantley who began a restoration project in 1980 to convert the hall from a farmhouse into a family home.[7]

Part of the moat, with the 16th-century Tudor gatehouse


  1. ^ "2015 Population Estimates" (PDF). North Yorkshire County Council. 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  2. ^ Palmer, JJN. "Hundred: Burghshire". Open Domesday. Anna Powell-Smith.
  3. ^ "Markingfield Hall CP/ExP". A vision of Britain through time. University of Portsmouth.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Markenfield Hall  (Grade I) (1293954)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Markenfield Hall moated medieval fortified house with associated service buildings and park pale (1018774)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 19 October 2017.
  6. ^ Palmer, JJN. "Markenfield Hall". Open Domesday. Anna Powell-Smith.
  7. ^ a b Grainger, John (13 June 2011). "The house that time forgot". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  8. ^ Campbell, Sophie (8 October 2008). "UK Heritage: Great Halls and historic houses". The Telegraph. Retrieved 27 October 2017.


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