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Markenfield Hall

Markenfield Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3AD
Markenfield Hall

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Tel: 01765 692303

Markenfield Hall – tucked privately away along a mile-long winding drive, just three miles south of Ripon, has been described as Yorkshire’s best-kept secret. Not visible from the road, a glimpse of the imposing east wall cannot be seen until visitors reach the old Mediaeval road near to the top of the drive. But for a quirk of fate – and a turnpike act of 1777 – Markenfield would be one of the most recognisable houses in Yorkshire and the nearby A61 would run along this now-Bridleway just 100m from its façade.

Coronavirus update: Markenfield Hall has re-opened its doors with a series of Tiny Tours, that allow up to five households enjoy the Hall whilst maintaining a 2m distance. 

Tours will begin outside and  2m distances will be marked out so that you will know where it is safe to stand.

Once entering the Hall you will be given a face mask to put on, and hand sanitizer to clean your hands.

Seating will be spaced 2m apart, with a 4m wide aisle down which to walk. This applies in all three of the main rooms.

The smaller rooms will be open for households to look into, but not enter; as they are used by the family, who we are trying to protect.

The “shop” and plant stall will be available, and we now have contactless payment facilities. Gloves will be available and we ask that you wear a pair to handle any of the items available.

We  have implemented a new cleaning regime, combining the PASC and Visit Britain guidelines with the National Trust visitor toilet cleaning guidelines.

All touchpoints will have been thoroughly disinfected with Peritab – an NHS approved anti-viral disinfectant, that kills 99.999% of all bacteria and viruses.

We are offering take-away cake courtesy of The Harrogate Cake Lady - please help support another great Yorkshire business and order a slice!

All bookings to made online.

 

As it is, the house is approached from the A61 Ripon to Harrogate Road along a humble farm track, past agricultural buildings and farm workers cottages. Parking at the side of the moat, visitors approach the building on foot – walking over the bridge that now serves the house in place of the former drawbridge – and the moment the Mediaeval Courtyard opens up as visitors pass beneath the Tudor Gatehouse never fails to astound. 

The earliest part of the house was built circa 1230, with its Undercroft consisting of the three surviving vaulted rooms ground floor rooms on the east side of the house. This earlier house was massively enlarged by Canon John de Markenfield, who received the Licence to Crenellate the Hall on 28 February 1310 resulting in the distinctive outline that you see to this day.

The Markenfield family owned the Hall until their fateful involvement in the Rising of the North in 1569. The Rising was quashed and the then owner Sir Thomas Markenfield fled to the Low Countries. The Hall and its surrounding farmland were confiscated for High Treason and from that day until 1761 the Hall became a tenanted farm with an absentee landlord.

The house was bought – and essentially saved – in 1761 by Fletcher Norton, the first Lord Grantley of Markenfield (a title still held by the family). At a time when it was quite fashionable own a ruin, Norton replaced the roof of the Great Hall ensuring that the house was watertight and structurally sound once more.

In 1980 7th Lord Grantley began the restoration of Markenfield – turning it from a cold and draughty farmhouse in to the much-loved family home that visitors see today. He died in 1995 and six years later his widow married the writer Ian Curteis. Together, they are continuing the restoration.

Group bookings by appointment all year round. For additional tours, lectures and events please see our website

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* All bookings to be made online.

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  • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2020

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