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Kilnsey monastic grange

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Gatehouse, Kilnsey Old Hall

© YDNPA, 2004, (KOH9)


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Kilnsey monastic grange

Historical Environment Record No: MYD35861

Parish: Conistone with Kilnsey

OS Grid Reference: SD973678

Dale: Upper Wharfedale

Link to Archaeology Data Service:
http://ads.ahds.ac.uk/catalogue/collections/blurbs/420.cfm

Description

Kilnsey was the site of a major grange belonging to Fountain’s Abbey. It formed the administrative centre of a vast estate mainly concentrating on raising sheep for their wool. Records show that the flocks of sheep grazed on Malham Moor were brought down to the grange for shearing and sheep or their wool from all over the abbey’s Craven estates seem to have ended up here as well. There may also have been a manorial court on the site. The gatehouse at Kilnsey Old Hall may incorporate a remnant of this courthouse. Aerial photographs show that the location of the core of the Medieval farm complex seems to have been to the south west of Kilnsey Old Hall, on Outgang Hill. A series of building platforms and enclosures have been recognised there.
Source:
Moorhouse, Stephen (2003) 'The anatomy of the Yorkshire Dales: deciphering the medieval landscape' in Manby, T G et al (eds) (2003) The Archaeology of Yorkshire: an assessment at the beginning of the 21st century. Yorkshire Archaeological Society Occasional Paper No 3 pp298-362 [‘Monastic landscapes’ pp336-341]

Ryder, P F (2004) ‘Kilnsey Old Hall’ in White, R F & Wilson, P R (eds) (2004) Archaeology and Historic Landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales. Yorkshire Archaeological Society Occasional Paper No 2 pp127-136

Location

Take small side road to left of Tennants Arms in Kilnsey (off B6160). The remains of the gatehouse to the grange lie directly ahead after 275 metres.

Public Transport Details

Nearest town/village: Kilnsey. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information.

Accessibility

Viewable from roadside.