North East Catholic History Society

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North East Catholic History Society Excursions

NECHS    VISIT TO MARKENFIELD    JUNE 2011


Markenfield  Hall, Grade 1 Listed Building, is situated  between Ripon and Harrogate. It is the most unspoiled surviving early 14th century moated house in England, being in the hands of the Markenfield family through the centuries to the present day.

The Markenfields were a passionately devout Catholic family, greatly distressed by the dissolution of our ancient monasteries, the Reformation, and the persecutions. After the failed Rising of the North in 1569, of which Sir Thomas Markenfield was a leader who was able to flee abroad so as to avoid execution died in Brussels, the Crown confiscated the Estate.  Two hundred years later it was bought back into the family.

We were fortunate to enjoy a most instructive guided tour of this picturesque estate with its fascinating history.