SK7953 : Queen's Sconce, southern rampart

taken 7 years ago, near to Newark on Trent, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

Queen's Sconce, southern rampart
Queen's Sconce, southern rampart
The Sconce has been completely cleared of trees and scrub in recent years, allowing a better appreciation of the form of the earthworks as well as reducing potential root damage.
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.
Creative Commons Licence [Some Rights Reserved]   © Copyright Alan Murray-Rust and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
1:50,000 Modern Day Landranger(TM) Map © Crown Copyright
TIP: Click the map for Large scale mapping
Change to interactive Map >
Grid Square
SK7953, 1020 images   (more nearby )
  (find more nearby)
Date Taken
Friday, 14 September, 2012   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 18 September, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Park and Public Gardens  Defence, Military 
Place (from Tags)
Queens Sconce 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 7903 5301 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:4.1096N 0:49.3190W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 79067 53002
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
Looking for a postcode? Try this pageExternal link
Clickable map

Other Tags
Scheduled Monument  Defensive Earthwork  Public Park  Rampart  Ditch  Sconce 

Click a tag, to view other nearby images.

Image classification(about): Geograph
This page has been viewed about 85 times.
View this location: KML (Google Earth) · Google MapsExternal link · Bing MapsExternal link · Geograph Coverage Map · geotagged! More Links for this image
W Go E
You are not logged in login | register