© Mr Richard Turner
RUINS OF THE MEDIEVAL THORNHILL HALL IN MOATED ENCLOSURE, IN RECTORY GROUNDS, CHURCH LANE
DEWSBURY, KIRKLEES, WEST YORKSHIRE
Mr Richard Turner
20 August 1999
30 June 1949
Date of last amendment:
30 June 2049
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DEWSBURY CB CHURCH LANE
SE 21 NE (Thornhill)
SE 256 189
6/29 Ruins of the medieval
Thornhill Hall in moated
30/6/49 enclosure, in Rectory
Fragments of a manor house. 1450. The moat, also 1450 is still
well filled with water. The ruins comprise a fire-place of rubble,
lined in brickwork, and part of a wall containing the sill of a
large 2-light window and part of the moulded surround. Two, much
erroded, limestone eagles on the edge of the water moved in the C19
but said to have been on the site of the gatehouse to the hall.
In August 1648 troops of Lady Anne Savile, under Capt. Thos. Paulden
defended the hall against the Parliamentary forces under Col. Sir
Thos. Fairfax. They were forced to surrender but the hall was
accidentally blown up and destroyed.
B. Nuttall, A History of Thornhill, 1970.