The "fascinating history" of a medieval West Yorkshire hall which was blown up during the English Civil War is to be studied thanks to a £46,800 grant.

The Heritage Lottery Fund award means an archaeological study of the ruins of Thornhill Hall near Dewsbury can begin.

The remains of the hall, which was virtually destroyed in 1648, are Grade II-listed and are currently classed as "at risk" by English Heritage.

A community archaeologist will help local people rediscover its history.

The hall, whose ruins are located in Rectory Park, Thornhill, was the seat of the Savile family from the 14th to the 17th Century.