Jervaulx Abbey, North Yorkshire. Survey Report

Author(s): Marcus Jecock

Between May 1998 and January 1999 the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England (RCHME) carried out an archaeological survey and investigation of Jervaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire. The survey has identified for the first time the likely area of the abbey precinct, and has also produced evidence for the sites of a number of buildings, fishponds, roads and other features which are likely to be contemporary with it. The survey has also produced evidence for features pre- and post-dating the abbey of which the earliest is a series of denuded lynchets probably forming part of a rectilinear field system of prehistoric or Romano-British date, succeeded in the century or so before the foundation of the abbey in 1156 by a system of strip lynchets, ridge-and-furrow ploughing and local roads. Features later than the abbey include the remains of a number of post-medieval tenanted farm complexes and a post-Dissolution grand house and garden. Ten small earthwork enclosures have also been found which indicate that in the Second World War, Jervaulx Park was used for ammunition storage by the Royal Air Force. (This was report number 4/1999 in a previous series)

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