SK8329 : Croxton Kerrial 12thC Medieval Manor House: excavations (8)

taken 5 months ago, near to Croxton Kerrial, Leicestershire, Great Britain

Croxton Kerrial 12thC Medieval Manor House: excavations (8)
Croxton Kerrial 12thC Medieval Manor House: excavations (8)
The Croxton Kerrial manor house.
To the south of the tithe barn is the manor house with its great hall,(in the foreground), which would have been open to the roof. It is thought that the lord and lady of the manor most likely had a private room beyond the great hall with a solar/sleeping chamber above it.
Working from the foreground: you can just see the foundations of the western end of the hall at the bottom of the photograph; the red stained stones to the right are the remains of the central hearth, see SK8329 : Croxton Kerrial 12thC Medieval Manor House: excavations (11); there are remains of a cobbled floor beyond the hearth together with foundations to support the raised platform where the lord and his family would have sat; next is the foundations of the wall dividing the private chambers from the hall; the two people in the middle distance are standing just the other side of the rear wall of the house; the tithe barn, SK8329 : Croxton Kerrial 12thC Medieval Manor House: excavations (7), can be seen beyond that.
Croxton Kerrial Medieval Manor House
Although there are written records of a manorial dwelling in Croxton Kerrial from the 7th century, the last known historical records are from the mid 16th century, when there were reports of the house being uninhabitable. Any indication on maps of manor buildings had disappeared by the end of the 18th century. The exact position of the Manor in the village was unknown until Tony Connolly, the chairman of the Framland Local Archaeology Group (FLAG), began researching the history of the village.

Many local people had heard about the existence of a manor but no one was sure where it had been. However, tales of broken farm machinery during ploughing Pinfold Leys, a small field next to the village church, pointed to this as being the most likely site. In 2012, together with FLAG members, Tony Connolly carried out a geophysical survey discovering extensive remains under the field and over the following six years a band of FLAG volunteers, directed by Mr Connolly, have painstakingly excavated the extensive manorial site including a large cobbled crew yard, the house itself which includes a beautifully built garde-robe, the manor kitchen, a 4 metre deep well, a large tithe barn, a cattle barn and a range of associated buildings including a forge and what was probably a brew-house.

This is probably the most completely excavated manorial site in Leicestershire and excavations are planned to come to an end at the end of 2017. The excavated remains will be preserved by carefully restoring the field to grazing land.

More information, including details of finds from the site, can be accessed here: LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Sunday, 23 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 26 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement 
Place (from Tags)
Croxton Kerrial 
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Archaeology 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 8358 2943 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:51.3531N 0:45.6103W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 8357 2942
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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