The Parish of Moor Monkton
The parish of Moor Monkton covers a surprisingly large area (about 11 square kilometres) considering it has total of only about 130 households. This is partly due to the dispersed nature of the village which is really comprised of the main village itself and 5 other hamlets (Cockhill, Thickpenny, Red House, Laund House and Lane End) but can also be attributed to the complicated history of the village.
Located at the end of Church Lane, it stands on a ridge overlooking the River Nidd. The layout is simple with most houses on the Main Street, others on East Lane, which sets off in the direction of Scagglethorpe Moor, and a few on Church Lane just off the Main Street. The site of the original manor house is shown by the moat which is still visible. At the west end of the Main Street there used to be a watermill on the banks of the River Nidd but this was washed away in the 17th century. One working farm still remains in the village itself.
So named as it was the scene of cockfighting in days gone by. It grew in importance when the village windmill was built here in the 17th century to replace the wrecked watermill. A post mill stood here up until the early 20th century close to the "summit" of the hill which is 17 metres above sea level (about 4 metres higher than the surrounding land).
In the 17th century it is believed that Parliamentarian coinage was stored here whence came the name. It was probably a grange farm attached the lost village of Scagglethorpe. The farm ceased to operate in the late 20th century and was converted into residences.
Originally this was the manor house for Scagglethorpe but eventually became the manor for Moor Monkton and the surrounding land. It stands next to the River Ouse via which its original approach would have been. The Slingsby family took possession in the late 16th century and it became their preferred residence over Scriven Park at Knaresborough. It was a private school in the 20th century and is now a small country estate.
This is now a working farm and has significance as it was a "minor manor" absorbed into the Moor Monkton and Scagglethorpe manors. A moated site is adjacent to the farm in Redhouse Wood.
This settlement is isolated from the main village but has the best communications as it is on the main road. Lodge Farm was converted to residences in the early 21st century and after the closure of "Head's" Garage in the 1980's the houses along the A59 were developed. Other houses dating from the 1920's are situated along Church Lane.