SK8329 : Croxton Kerrial 12thC Medieval Manor House: excavations (14)

taken 3 months ago, near to Croxton Kerrial, Leicestershire, Great Britain

Croxton Kerrial 12thC Medieval Manor House: excavations (14)
Croxton Kerrial 12thC Medieval Manor House: excavations (14)
This shows the covered drain alongside the kitchen wall, quite a sophisticated construction. The well, mid left, is in the open area opposite the main entrance to the great hall. Straight ahead, under the excavation soil heap, was a large cobbled crew yard.
The transition from cooking over the open hearth in the centre of the Anglo Saxon great hall to preparing food in a separate room or building took place slowly over the medieval period until, by the 15th century, the great majority of manorial households had purpose built kitchens. In the 12th century, however, ovens and chimneys were by no means universal, but in a rich manor, such as this one at Croxton Kerrial, a separate room with a fireplace and oven specifically for cooking was not unheard of. As here, the kitchen building was usually close to the great hall so food could be quickly carried to the table without it becoming too cold while the separation meant that the risk of fire to the main building was minimised.

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)
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Wednesday, 26 July, 2017
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  Health and social services 
Place (from Tags)
Croxton Kerrial 
Primary Subject of Photo
Archaeology 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 8357 2943 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:51.3532N 0:45.6192W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 8357 2942
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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