Gatehouse, Kilnsey Old Hall MYD35861 (c) YDNPA, 2023
Kilnsey was the site of a major grange belonging to Fountain’s Abbey. It formed the administrative centre of a vast estate mainly concentrating on raising sheep for their wool. Records show that the flocks of sheep grazed on Malham Moor were brought down to the grange for shearing and sheep or their wool from all over the abbey’s Craven estates seem to have ended up here as well. There may also have been a manorial court on the site. The gatehouse at Kilnsey Old Hall may incorporate a remnant of this courthouse. Aerial photographs show that the location of the core of the Medieval farm complex seems to have been to the south west of Kilnsey Old Hall, on Outgang Hill. A series of building platforms and enclosures have been recognised there.
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