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Raventofts Hall, Bishop Thornton

Description: Raventofts Hall

Grade: II
Date Listed: 6 March 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 330947

OS Grid Reference: SE2604265028
OS Grid Coordinates: 426042, 465028
Latitude/Longitude: 54.0805, -1.6034

Location: Watergate Road, Bishop Thornton, North Yorkshire HG3 3JY

Locality: Bishop Thornton
Local Authority: Harrogate Borough Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: HG3 3JY

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Listing Text

(west side, off)

8/26 Raventofts Hall


- II

House. C17 and possibly earlier, with C19 and C20 alterations. Coursed
gritstone rubble, purple slate roof. 2 storeys, 3 bays, with lower 2-
storey, 1 bay block to right. 2-storey range to rear (west) gives a T-
shaped plan. Irregular fenestration. C20 gabled porch with board door to
left of centre; 2 sashes to left; 4-light chamfered mullioned window and
single light window to right; sash far right. First floor, left to right:
6-pane sash, 2-light C20 casement, 2 single-light windows, 6-pane sash,
single light. Gable copings and large central ridge stack. Rear wing
contains mullioned windows and later openings. Interior not inspected at
resurvey but reported to contain C17 panelling and staircase and a priest's
hiding place. During the C15 and C16 Raventofts Hall was the residence of
the Forester, the Archbishop of York's chief official. The Walworth family
held the office until the early C17. John Walworth was convicted of
complicity in the Rising of the North in 1569 but he was not executed. The
estate was sold to the Ingilby family of Ripley and during the Civil War was
owned by Peter Ingilby. During the later C17 and early C18 the house had
become the main centre of Nidderdale Catholicism but in the mid C18 the
estate passed to Stephen Ingilby, a conformist. He allowed the priest to
stay at Raventofts but later gave a site in Bishop Thornton village for a
priests house with a room fitted as a chapel (Saint Joseph's Presbytery
(qv)). Father Hugh Aveling, 'The Catholic Recusants of the W R of
Yorkshire'. Proceedings of the Leeds Phil and Lit Society, X, Part VI,
September 1963, p 191.
B Jennings, A History of Nidderdale, 1967, p 111, 380, et al.

Listing NGR: SE2604265028

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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