Risby, East Riding of Yorkshire
Risby is the site of a deserted village and former stately home. It is located in the civil parish of Rowley in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England; approximately 3.5 miles (5.6 km) south-west of Beverley and lies 1 mile (1.6 km) west of the A164 road.
The area includes an open partially wooded parkland popular with local walkers which was one of the largest deer parks in Yorkshire, Risby Park, a farm, a cafe named "Folly Lake Cafe", and several fishponds in the ornamental lakes of the former hall. Since 1990 the pond has been operated as a coarse fishing location; the site also contains an octagonal brick folly that is designated Grade II.
Risby Hall was the home of the Ellerker family between the early 14th and the late 18th centuries. The Hall was built in the 1680s and expanded until it was ravaged by fire in the 1770s. The Hall was subsequently repaired but was then destroyed by fire again in the 1780s. The foundations of the Hall can still be seen today in the fields near Risby.
The former Risby Hall had extensive parklands which included ornamental lakes, parkland, woodland and a brick folly which were extended in the late 18th century shortly before the hall's destruction. The lakes were created by Easton Mainwaring Ellerker between 1769 and his death in 1771. The Folly at was built in c. 1770 as part of a landscaping improvements undertaken by the Elleker Family.
In 1550 a Deer Park was created through the enclosure of some of the estate which was subsequently expanded until the 17th century. Henry VIII and his court were entertained at Risby by Sir Ralph Ellerker at the former Ellerker manor house at nearby Cellar Heads, shortly before the development of the deer park in 1540.
- Ordnance Survey, 1:25000, 2006
- "About Us". follylakecafe.co.uk. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
- "Welcome to Risby Park Fishing Ponds * Folly Lake Cafe". Risby Park Fisheries. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
- Historic England. "Folly in Fishpond Wood (1161815)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 June 2015.
- Historic England. "Risby Hall (1001419)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
- "Archaeology Data Service: myADS" (PDF). archaeologydataservice.ac.uk. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
- Historic England. "Cellar Heads (1015312)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
- Historic England. "Risby Jacobean gardens, hall and medieval settlement remains (1018600)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
- Gazetteer — A–Z of Towns Villages and Hamlets. East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 2006. p. 9.
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