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Markenfield Hall: The Loveliest Place You’ve Never Heard Of

A medieval, moated and much-loved family home, Markenfield Hall is a historic house unlike any other. Set within stunning Yorkshire countryside south of Ripon, medieval Markenfield has remained largely untouched and is one of a few moated, medieval manor houses that its original owners could still recognise; indeed, the Hall is instantly recognisable thanks to its crenellated silhouette reflected in its encircling moat.

Dating back to the eleventh century, Markenfield has a bloody history, falling victim to the religious and political turbulence during The Rising of the North. Markenfield suffered a tragic downfall, which saw it confiscated from its owner, Thomas Markenfield. Later granted to the First Baron of Markenfield, a title still held by the family to this day, this stunning building tells a fascinating tale.

This short blog and gallery of images has been assembled specifically to accompany a podcast episode in The Tudor History & Travel Show. I am joined by our guide, Kate Mainprize, who shows us around the Markenfield Hall. Along the way, she shares its history and allows us to reimagine how it looked during the sixteenth century. Tune in here to listen with the following images at hand.

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Markenfield Hall: The Exterior

 Markenfield Hall
Bridge and gatehouse
Image: author’s own
 Markenfield Hall
View of Markenfield Hall and moat
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Exterior of privy lodgings block
Image: author’s own
 Markenfield Hall
The main medieval residential block – with West Cottage on the left, the entrance to the great hall in the centre, and the Chapel in the tower block to the right
Image: author’s own
 Markenfield Hall
Shields carved on West Cottage
Image: author’s own

Markenfield Hall: The Interior

The Great  Hall
The Great Hall
Image: author’s own
The Gatehouse is used as office today but was once an old dovecote (niches can be seen in the far wall on the right)
Image: author’s own

The Chapel

Chapel looking back to the great hall
Image: author’s own
 Markenfield Hall
Portrait of Richard Norton of nearby Norton Conyers Hall
Image: author’s own
 The Chapel
The Chapel, looking towards the altar
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The Chapel
The Chapel
Image: author’s own

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Sources & Further Reading

Markenfield Hall website

My YouTube video: ‘The History of Markenfield Hall

To learn more about another medieval moated manor house, head to this blog article.

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