Scurff Hall Moated Site
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North Yorkshire County Council
Selby District Council
Selby and Ainsty
SE688688 (468753, 426361)
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The buried and earthwork remains of a medieval moated manor house set within a larger moated enclosure. Scruff Hall is located 700 metres south of the River Ouse. The area was assarted (reclaimed from the fen and legally claimed) before 1286 by the del Scruth family. The outer moat is considered to date to this time and to have been part of the original drainage works. By 1365 Scruff was was described as a vill. The inner moat was dated by excavation in the early 1960s to the late 14th to early 15th century. On its island stood a medieval hall which was demolished in the early 18th century when the rear of the present hall was built. Around this time the inner moat was largely filled in. In the mid-19th century the hall was remodelled and enlarged and the south and east sides of the inner moated island were partially landscaped. The inner moated island is about 75 metres east-west and 55 metres north-south and forms a raised platform above the surrounding land surface. The medieval hall is believed to have stood to the east of the present house and in this area a stony surface lies about 30 cm below the current ground level. The western half of the moat ditch is the only area of it that survives as an earthwork. The eastern half was infilled during the 18th century whilst part of the southern arm was modified to form a ha ha in the 19th century. The outer moat originally enclosed an irregular area of nearly 8ha. The moat arms are still visible as earthworks except the northern moat arm which has been infilled. The area between the inner and outer moats is crossed by pronounced, 11 metre wide ridge and furrow running east-west (still extant on 1984 vertical photography) The site is scheduled except for Scruff Hall and the infilled northern arm of the outer moat. Three sides of the inner moat could be seen as distinct depressions on air photographs taken in 1984. The ridge and furrow was recorded from air photographs(SE 72 NW 23).
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