History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The Hall is remarkably unchanged from its inception, and would probably be readily recognized by its 14th century inhabitants.
The oldest part of the Hall is the Great Hall, which dates to around 1280. In 1310 Canon John de Markenfield received a license to crenellate by Edward II, and expanded the earlier manor to its current form.
The history of Markenfield Hall is intertwined with the abortive Rising of the North in 1569, which ruined the fortunes of the de Markenfield family. The Rising attempted to roll back the tide of Protestant religion, depose Elizabeth I and replace her with Mary, Queen of Scots. Sir Thomas de Markenfield was one of the main instigators of the plot, and on 20 November 1569 a large contingent of rebels met in the Great Courtyard at Markenfield Hall. They heard Mass in the chapel before setting out on their ultimately fruitless attempt to overthrow the queen.
When the Rising failed, Sir Thomas and his family were forced to flee abroad, eventually settling in Brussels, where Sir Thomas died in abject poverty. The Markenfield house and estate was seized by the crown and the Hall was leased as a farmhouse.
In 1761 the 1st Lord Grantley, a direct descendant of the de Markenfields, purchased the manor. The Hall is still owned by the Grantleys, so in a sense you could say that the same family has owned the Hall for most of its long history.
The Hall consists of a Great Hall and Chapel, forming an L shape about an inner courtyard. A further, less impressive range of buildings stands beside the hall, and was probably used as a stable and servant quarters.
About Markenfield Hall
Address: Ripon, Yorkshire, England, HG4 3AD
Attraction Type: Historic House
Location: 3 miles south of Ripon on the A61.
Website: Markenfield Hall
Historic Houses Association
Photo Credit: Dennis Lovett, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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