SK7953 : Queen's Sconce, view looking north

near to Newark on Trent, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

Queen's Sconce, view looking north
Queen's Sconce, view looking north
The spire of St Mary Magdalene Church helps to relate the Sconce to the town it was built to defend.
Queen's Sconce
Known locally as Sconce Hills, this 3-acre structure was built in 1644 by Royalist forces to guard the southern approaches to Newark by the Fosseway, River Trent and River Devon. The huge earth ramparts form a 4-pointed star that would have originally had a wooden palisade with cannon. It was not taken until the town was surrendered by Charles I in 1646.

The Sconce is a scheduled monument, being first listed as early as 1933. The English Heritage scheduling describes it as representing "England's finest remaining example of Civil War military engineering."

The word sconce is derived from the Dutch word 'schans' meaning fort. LinkExternal link
Newark Civil War siege-works
During the English Civil War (1642-1651), Newark’s strategic location at the crossing of the Great North Road, Fosse Way and River Trent earned it the title “Key to the North”. A Royalist garrison arrived in late 1642 and successfully repulsed three major sieges by Parliamentarian forces between 1642 and 1646, remaining in Royalist hands until 1651. An extensive network of defensive earthworks in and around the town survive in recognisable condition as the finest collection of Civil War siege-works in the country.
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Friday, 14 September, 2012   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 18 September, 2012
Geographical Context
Defence, Military  Park and Public Gardens  Historic sites and artefacts 
Place (from Tags)
Queens Sconce 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 7907 5307 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:4.1416N 0:49.2823W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 79024 53030
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Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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Sconce  Rampart  Public Park  Defensive Earthwork  Scheduled Monument  Civil War Fortification  English Civil War 

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