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Eresby Hall: a post-medieval house and gardens, Spilsby

Reference Name MLI82229

Eresby Hall: a post-medieval house and gardens, Spilsby

Eresby Hall: a post-medieval house and gardens overlying a medieval manor house.This is the record for the scheduled and some non scheduled areas of the post medieval phase of this site only. Please see PRN 43577 for the medieval phases.


PRN 44149
Charles Brandon rebuilt the hall in 1540-41 specifically for a visit by Henry VIII. This is known to have been built on a slightly different alignment to the medieval manor. No trace of this post medieval hall was found during Ethel Rudkin's excavations in the late 1960s. Although they did find pottery and a rare pewter plate, thought to date from 1540-1550. It has two owners marks or 'house marks' which depict a closed helm of the 16th century and a bearded warrior in a helmet. On the reverse it has a makers mark which appears to be T.B which flanks a square containing a Tudor Rose {1}{2}{3}{4}{5}{6}{7}{8}

The hall itself was an H-shaped building, with a carriage sweep to the north, its entrance flanked by the gate piers. Beyond the gate piers, a tree-lined avenue formerly led to Spilsby church. By the 18th century a formal garden had been laid out, of which tree lined avenues are common feature. A sub-rectangular pond known as The Canal was part of the formal garden and a Y-shaped pond known as The Moat may be a post-medieval water feature adapted from the medieval moat The garden still survives as earthworks. The house was accidentally destroyed by fire in 1769 and by the 1790s only a few outbuildings and a pair of gate piers survived. At the end of the 18th century, the two gate piers were made into one and topped by a commemorative urn; this pier, Listed Grade II stills stands. (Please see PRN 45029 for the details of the pier. Although the pier stands on scheduled the land the pier itself is not scheduled.) For details of the exact scheduling area and features contained within it please see the scheduling document and map. {12}

Leland mentions a deer park at Eresby in the sixteenth century and there is a plan of Eresby dated 1750 showing the formal gardens. The remains of some of the garden features were plotted from aerial photographs by the National Mapping Programme in the 1990s. {10}{13}

01 Index: OS CARD INDEX. SPILSBY. TF 36 NE:7, 1964, FH
02 Scheduling Record: HBMC. 1970. AM 7. SAM 243
03 Bibliographic Reference: White, William. 1872. History, Gazetteer and Directory of Lincolnshire - Third Edition. p.177
04 Bibliographic Reference: Cox, J. Charles. 1924. Little Guide: Lincolnshire (second edition). p.282
05 Bibliographic Reference: Foster, C.W. and Longley, T.. 1924. Lincolnshire Domesday and Lindsey Survey. Vol 19, p. lxxvi
06 Aerial Photograph: ST JOSEPH, J.K.S.. 1945-79. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY COLLECTION. FV28-30, 1951
07 Bibliographic Reference: Pevsner, N. and Harris, J., with Antram, N.. 1989. Buildings of England (Second Edition). Lincolnshire. p.681
08 Article in Monograph: MARJORAM, J.. 1984. A PROSPECT OF LINCOLNSHIRE. pp.79-88
09 Artefact: 1970. CITY AND COUNTY MUSEUM COLLECTION 1970. LCNCC 131.70
10 Map: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1992-1996. National Mapping Programme. LINCOLNSHIRE. TF39 65: LI.98.2.1-2, 1993
11 Aerial Photograph: 1946-98. RCHME. 5166/11
12 Scheduling Record: English Heritage. 11/10/2001. Eresby Hall: the remains of a post-medieval house and gardens overlying a medieval manor house. SAM 33133
13 Bibliographic Reference: Pacey, Robert. 2010. Lost Lincolnshire Country Houses. volume 6. pp.1-6

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