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Barn and artefacts unearthed at ‘lost’ medieval manor house site in Croxton Kerrial

The 12th century strap end, with a dragon design etched in to it, which was uncovered at the Croxton Kerrial site EMN-141208-123636001

The 12th century strap end, with a dragon design etched in to it, which was uncovered at the Croxton Kerrial site EMN-141208-123636001

Archaeologists working on the site of a ‘lost’ medieval manor house in Croxton Kerrial, near Grantham, have unearthed more fascinating finds.

In 2012, when digging began on the field next to the church, members of the Framland Archaeology Group (FLAG) found the house by using geophysical techniques to probe the ground. The house, which was last recorded in the 16th century, had disappeared from the maps by the 1790s.

And now – in their third season at the site – the archaeologists have made yet more significant discoveries.

FLAG chairman Tony Connolly said: “We are currently excavating the remains of a huge medieval tithe barn - 26 metres long by seven metres wide - which seems to be part of a farm complex belonging to the manor.

“We’ve also excavated a four-metre deep well, containing lovely clear water, and right at the bottom we found the remains of a 12th century green glazed jug which was dropped there by a servant around the time of Richard the Lionheart.

“The jug was in about 15 or 20 pieces. We’ve pieced it back together and we only have two or three tiny pieces missing which we’re hoping we might find when we go back down later.

“We have also found a metal belt or strap end, again 12th century, with a beautiful dragon design etched into it.”

Mr Connolly said he hoped the finds would end up being displayed in Belvoir Castle.

** Anyone interesting in digging can email Tony at topcatt@totalise.co.uk

 

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