Panaramic view

Mowbray Castle  | OS Grid Ref: 423548,476996  | Site classified as: Folly  | HPG Ref: 60032

Map Evidence

1856/7 OS
Depicted in woodland, labelled a 'mock ruin' (see main entry for Hackfall no 60010)
1912 OS
Depicted as Mowbray Castle
1956 OS Sheet SE 27 NW
Not depicted

Other documentary evidence

1.SNY 6946 Lancaster University Archaeological Unit 2002,Nidderdale Survey Database on CD Rom
2.SNY 6858 Lancaster University Archaeological Unit - 08/2000 Lancaster University. Nidderdale AONB North Yorkshire (HER Library)
3.SNY1172 Photograph: Nidderdale Survey

Extract from Site Visit report

Site Description: Folly
Site Access: View from Hackfall Woods and Back Lane Grewelthorpe
Parking: N/A
Visibility: Clear from Back Lane
Micro climate: N/A
Buildings: Stone folly designed as ruined castle
Walkways / Gateways / Paths etc: N/A
Planting: N/A
General Condition: Not known
Possible contact: Hackfall Trust
Local knowledge: Hackfall Trust
Other comments: Part of large well documented enhanced landscape
Recorder: DJC/JMB
Date: 02/06/09

Additional Information

Shown on 1856/7 OS map as "mock ruin", located on south boundary of Hackfall wood.
Today recognised to be an important folly built by William Aislabie to embellish his "picturesque garden" of Hackfall, while living at Studley.
It is still standing and has been stabilised by the Woodland Trust, who lease the designed landscape of Hackfall.

Mowbray Castle is mentioned on this website at Hackfall (Gorge).
A fuller description is given on the Parks and Gardens UK website (see below).

Extract from 1851 OS map centred on Site
Extract from OS Landranger map centred on Site
Extract from Google Map image map centred on Site
Mowbray Castle folly seen from Back Lane Grewelthorpe.
Mowbray Castle
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