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Hampsthwaite Manor (House) (site of?)

The term "Manor" may sometimes refer to a building but, more strictly, it describes an area of land over which a landowner enjoyed manorial rights. Such an owner, however, would often have a Manor "house" standing on the land and this might often be an important building in its locality.

Did Hampsthwaite have such a Manor House? The name of Manor House Farm click here to read an account of that property) might suggest the existence of such a dwelling.

Grainge (Harrogate and the Forest of Knaresborough -1871) says . . . . ."In the field called the Hall Garth, adjoining the village on the west, are traces as if some important building had formerly stood there. The name also is suggestive of some such erection."

Speight (Nidderdale and the garden of the Nidd - 1894) appears to be more knowledgeable for he says . . . . ."The old hall or manor-house at Hampsthwaite stood in a field, now known as the Hall Garth, on the west side of the village, and which anciently belonged to Knaresborough Priory. Before the great Reformation the manor belonged to the family of Windham, and Sir Thomas Windham, of Felbrigg, co. Norfolk, in his will, dated 13th Henry VIII. (1521) held in the County of York the manors of Bentley and Hampsthwaite, and the manor of Wighton in the same county."

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Hampsthwaite Manor (House) (site of?)

The term "Manor" may sometimes refer to a building but, more strictly, it describes an area of land over which a landowner enjoyed manorial rights. Such an owner, however, would often have a Manor "house" standing on the land and this might often be an important building in its locality.