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Baynard Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Cottingham, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Latitude: 53.7833 / 53°46'59"N

Longitude: -0.4217 / 0°25'18"W

OS Eastings: 504089.91907

OS Northings: 433040.819314

OS Grid: TA040330

Mapcode National: GBR G27.C6

Mapcode Global: WHGFJ.H5FH

Entry Name: Baynard Castle

Scheduled Date: 29 September 1949

Last Amended: 9 February 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019823

English Heritage Legacy ID: 32633

County: East Riding of Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Cottingham

Built-Up Area: Cottingham

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Riding of Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Cottingham St Mary

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes buried and earthwork remains of part of a medieval
magnate's residence, which has been known as Baynard Castle since at least the
19th century. The monument includes the inner court, the full circuit of the
inner moat, part of the outer court which retains known medieval
archaeological remains, and the undeveloped part of the surrounding defensive
bank. The rest of the outer court, defensive bank and surrounding outer moat
have been developed for housing during the 20th century, and the level of
archaeological survival in this part is unknown and it is therefore not
included in the scheduling.
The Domesday Book records that Cottingham passed from Gamel son of Osbert to
Hugh FitzBaldric after the Norman Conquest, but shortly after 1089
FitzBaldric's Yorkshire lands were forfeited and passed to Robert Front de
Boeuf who founded the de Stuteville line. A manor house was on the site by the
1170s when it is first mentioned in documents. In 1201, William de Stuteville
was granted licence to fortify and moat his manor house, possibly as a reward
for entertaining King John in the previous year. After the death of the last
male de Stuteville in 1233 the manor passed to the le Wake family by marriage.
In 1282 the site was described as being well built with a double ditch and
enclosed by a wall. It was now the principal seat of the family and it was
from here that Baron John le Wake was summoned to the 1295 parliament and
where he entertained Edward I for Christmas four years later. Thomas Wake is
said to have been granted the right to convert his manor house into a castle
with an armed garrison by Edward II in 1319, although the surviving licence
was made in 1327 by Edward III. Thomas Wake died in 1349, by which time the
manor house was described as ruinous. The manor then passed via his sister
to the Holland family, the earls of Kent. In 1364 the moat was recorded as
producing fish, and in the following year the repair of the house by the gate
was ordered. In 1407 the manor of Cottingham was divided into three separate
manors for three daughters who were married to the Duke of Richmond, Earl of
Westmorland and Lord Powis respectively. From this time onwards, only the
site of the old castle was mentioned in documents, for instance in 1434 when
two garrets or watch towers were referred to, and when the gatehouse was
rebuilt in 1500-1501. The early antiquarian, John Leyland visited the site in
1538 and noted four mean farmers' houses within the castle garth and in 1590
William Camden described the castle as an ancient ruin utterly fallen into
decay. By the mid-17th century the Cottingham manors had reverted to the Crown
and were then sold off by Charles I. The timber framed house at the centre of
the monument once known as Sarum Manor, but now as the Old Manor House, is
thought to have been one of the four houses noted by Leyland in 1538.
The 25 inch Ordnance Survey map of 1911 shows the earthworks of Baynard Castle
before the extensive development for housing in the area later in the 20th
century. The inner bailey is approximately square, 90m east-west and nearly
100m north-south and rises to a high point in its north eastern quadrant
approximately 7m above the surrounding landscape. In this area parch marks
have been noted in dry summers which imply buried wall lines. The Old Manor
House, which is Listed Grade II, lies roughly centrally in the southern part
of the inner court at a slight angle to the line of the southern moat. A small
excavation immediately to its east in 1995 uncovered over 1.4m depth of
medieval deposits sealed below nearly 0.5m of later material and garden soils.
The remains included a 12th century pit overlain by a massive chalk and
limestone wall 1.9m wide. The items found with the associated floor and yard
surfaces suggested that the wall was part of a high status building which was
in use in the 13th and 14th centuries. The inner court is surrounded by the
earthworks of a substantial moat ditch typically 30m wide and over 2m deep.
This will have originally been much deeper and will contain important medieval
and later archaeological deposits. To the south of the southern moat ditch was
the castle's outer court which was the subject of a small scale excavation in
Archaeological remains identified included chalk floors, wall footings and
metal working areas with hearth bases all dating to the 12th to 14th
centuries. Several fragments of Middle Saxon pottery were also uncovered
suggesting pre-Norman activity. The 1911 25 inch map shows that there was a
rampart around the moat and outer bailey which has since been built on with
the houses along West End Road and the western end of Northgate. One stretch
of this outer bank, to the east of the eastern moat ditch, survives as
undeveloped land and is included within the monument.
A number of features are excluded from the scheduling; these include the Old
Manor House and associated outbuildings, all modern fences and walls, all
stiles and gates, greenhouses and sheds, telegraph poles and all road and path
surfaces; although the ground beneath all these features is included.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Magnates' residences are high status dwellings of domestic rather than
military character. They date from the Norman Conquest (in some cases forming
a continuation of a Saxon tradition) and throughout the rest of the medieval
period. Individual residences were in use for varying lengths of time; some
continued in use into the post-medieval period. Such dwellings were the houses
or palaces of royalty, bishops and the highest ranks of the nobility, usually
those associated with the monarch. They functioned as luxury residences for
the elite and their large retinues, and provided an opportunity to display
wealth in the form of elaborate architecture and lavish decoration. As such,
these palaces formed an impressive setting for audiences with royalty, foreign
ambassadors and other lords and bishops.
Magnates' residences are located in both rural and urban areas. Bishops'
residences are usually in close association with cathedrals, and all
residences tend to be located close to good communication routes. Unless
constrained by pre-existing structures, magnates' residences comprised an
elaborate series of buildings, usually of stone, that in general included a
great hall, chambers, kitchens, service rooms, lodgings, a chapel and a
gatehouse, arranged around a single or double courtyard. As a consequence of
the status of these sites, historic documentation is often prolific, and can
be of great value for establishing the date of construction and subsequent
alterations to the buildings, and for investigating the range of activities
for which the site was a focus.
Magnates' residences are widely dispersed throughout England reflecting the
mobility of royalty and the upper echelons of the nobility. There is a
concentration of sites which reflects the growing importance of London as a
political centre, and the majority of magnates' residences tend to be located
in the south of the country. Despite their wide distribution, magnates'
residences are a relatively rare form of monument due to their special social
status. At present only around 236 examples have been identified of which 150
are ecclesiastical palaces and 86 are connected with royalty. Magnates'
residences generally provide an emotive and evocative link with the past,
especially through their connections with famous historical figures, and can
provide a valuable educational resource, both with respect to the organisation
and display of political power, and wider aspects of medieval and post-
medieval society such as the development of towns and industries and the
distribution of dependent agricultural holdings. Examples with surviving
archaeological potential are considered to be of national importance.

Baynard Castle is an important example of a magnate's residence. Its history
is well documented, charting the site's rise in status, including details
about the visits of two English kings, and its subsequent decline in fortune.
The moat and inner court survive well as major earthwork features, and small
scale archaeological excavations in both the inner and outer courts have
demonstrated good survival of buried medieval remains. In addition, the moat
will retain a significant depth of deposits which will include valuable
archaeological and environmental information.

Source: Historic England


Record cards, Sites & Monuments Record, 816, (1998)

Source: Historic England

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