Monument record MYO2179 - Acomb Grange


This site formed part of the estate of St Leonard's Hospital from the early 12th century through to the early 16th century. Acomb Grange is a rare and important site both in a national context and in the context of the medieval archaeology of the City of York. The important historical association, the well-preserved medieval waterlogged deposits, and the surviving medieval topographic and landscape features make this site an unscheduled site of national importance.


Grid reference Centred SE 5629 5067 (249m by 297m)
Map sheet SE55SE
Civil Parish Rufforth and Knapton, City of York, North Yorkshire
Unitary Authority City of York, North Yorkshire


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

St Leonard's was the largest medieval hospital outside London. It played a significant role in the religious and civic life of the medieval city. Acomb Grange was at times used as the residence for the Master of the Hospital. The most important holder of this office was Walter de Langton. Walter became Master of St Leonard's in 1293 and was Bishop of Lichfield from 1296-1321. He was also Treasurer of England under Edward I. Walter de Langton seems to have spent some of his time at Acomb Grange, using it in the same way as the Abbot of St Mary's used Overton and the Archbishop of York used Cawood and Bishopthorpe. The limited archaeological work which has taken place on the site demonstrate the presence of and further potential for well-preserved, waterlogged organic deposits of medieval date on this site.

Kaner, Jennifer, 1992, Acomb Grange (Article in Journal). SYO1162.

Peter Brown, 1995, Acomb Grange (Unpublished document). SYO2584.

York Archaeological Trust, 2009, The Squirrel Cottage WB (Unpublished document). SYO2284.

Sources/Archives (3)

  • --- Article in Journal: Kaner, Jennifer. 1992. Acomb Grange. York Historian, 10 (1992), 2-17.
  • --- Unpublished document: York Archaeological Trust. 2009. The Squirrel Cottage WB.
  • --- Unpublished document: Peter Brown. 1995. Acomb Grange.

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

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Record last edited

Dec 4 2020 12:13PM


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