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Raventofts Hall

A Grade II Listed Building in Bishop Thornton, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.0801 / 54°4'48"N

Longitude: -1.604 / 1°36'14"W

OS Eastings: 426008

OS Northings: 464985

OS Grid: SE260649

Mapcode National: GBR KP78.J4

Mapcode Global: WHC80.BPGY

Plus Code: 9C6W39JW+3C

Entry Name: Raventofts Hall

Listing Date: 6 March 1967

Last Amended: 6 March 1986

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1315673

English Heritage Legacy ID: 330947

ID on this website: 101315673

Location: North Yorkshire, HG3

County: North Yorkshire

District: Harrogate

Civil Parish: Bishop Thornton

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

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Raventofts Hall


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: SE2600864985

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