Riccall Wheel Hall

Has been described as a Possible Palace (Bishop)

There are earthwork remains

NameRiccall Wheel Hall
Alternative NamesWheel House; La Wel Hall
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
1974 AuthorityNorth Yorkshire
Civil ParishRiccall

C18 farmhouse on the site of the Bishop of Durham's manor house documented during early C14 and C16. Triple moats have been recorded on the site, but only two arms are visible and these are infilled in places. The interior of the moat forms part of a ploughed field. (PastScape)

Demesne manor house of Bishop of Durham, usually farmed out. (Le Patourel)

A second estate at Riccall in 1066, comprising a single carucate, belonged to the king. By 1086 it was soke of the bishop of Durham's manor of Howden, and RICCALL manor, sometimes known as the manor of WHEEL HALL, subsequently belonged to the see of Durham until the 19th century. In 1322 the bishop let it for ten years to the Peruzzi of Florence. After Edward VI's dissolution of the bishopric in 1553 Riccall manor was granted to Francis Jobson, but it was recovered the following year when the bishopric was revived. The bishop of Durham's manor-house of Wheel Hall, 'the house by the river-deep', was mentioned in the early 14th century. In the 16th century repairs were done to the hall, great chamber, chapel, stables, and other buildings, and to 'the drawdike about the manor'. The old gate house and water gate house were mentioned in 1662 and later. The hall has been replaced by an 18th-century farmhouse but traces of the moat which surrounded it were still visible in 1972. (VCH)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSE609381
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