Ancient History - Studford Ring
The earliest record of human habitation near Ampleforth is Studford Ring. Now a low bank with small trees and within it, the earthwork. According to English Heritage, this is a group of nine Bronze Age (or earlier) round barrows, now levelled. All were thoroughly robbed in 19th century and re-excavated in 1966 discovering Neolithic and Bronze Age sherds and finds on old ground surface.
The word stud seems to have conjured up a link with horses and it has been described as a medieval horse enclosure, a cattle fold and a watering hole for the Hambleton Drove Road. The Drove Road went from Hambleton to Oldstead, several miles way, but a spur may have gone towards Malton past the ring.