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Cistercian Grange, Ropsley and Humby



Reference Name MLI30069

Name:
Cistercian Grange, Ropsley and Humby

Summary:
Site of Cistercian grange, Ropsley and Humby.

Location:
ROPSLEY AND HUMBY, SOUTH KESTEVEN, LINCOLNSHIRE

Description:
A grange of the Cistercian Abbey of Vaudey, on Ropsey Heath and first mentioned 1189-90. The last mention is in about 1550. Ploughing in 1944 revealed vast quantities of foundations. Trial excavations were conducted in 1954. The grange is situated inside a roughly rectangular enclosure, with an inturned entrance near the south-east corner. The only part of the grange that survives is a stretch of north side, consisting of a stone wall, 3ft 3ins thick. The main building at SK 9859 3650 was partly excavated and massive stone walls and a hearth were discovered. Finds recovered in the excavation date to the early 13th to 16th centuries. {1}{2}{3}{4}{5}{6}{7}{8}

Over 200 sherds of medieval pottery were recovered in 1979, during field walking on the site of the Cistercian Grange at Ropsley. The pottery was recovered mainly from the centre and eastern half of the enclosed area. Other recovered finds included pieces of slag, animal bone and iron nails. Abundant scatters of tile, including ceramic roof and floor tiles and slate roof tiles, were identified but not retained. {9}

Sources:
1 Index: OS CARD INDEX ROPSLEY AND HUMBY. ROPSLEY AND HUMBY. SK 93 NE 5,1965, J.B.
2 Article in serial: CRAGG. 1945. Lincolnshire Architectural and Archaeological Society Reports and Papers. vol.3, part.2, NS
3 Article in serial: Thompson, M.W.. 1955. Lincolnshire Architectural and Archaeological Society Reports and Papers. vol.6, part.2, NS, pp.17-23
4 Index: HBMC. 1961. ANCIENT MONUMENTS IN ENGLAND AND WALES. 63
5 Aerial Photograph: RAF. 1946-71. RAF POST WAR COLLECTION. CPE: UK; 2073; 4218-9, 1947
6 Aerial Photograph: ST JOSEPH, J.K.S.. 1945-1979. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY COLLECTION. OV88-89, 1954
7 Scheduling record: HBMC. AM 7. SAM 53
8 Index: SMR FILE. ROPSLEY AND HUMBY. SK 93 NE: B, 1929, Phillips, C.W.
9 Bibliographic reference: Lane, T.W.. 1995. The Archaeology and Developing Landscape of Ropsley and Humby, Lincolnshire. no.25

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