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Stixwould Priory to Tupholme Abbey causeway



Reference Name MLI83353

Name:
Stixwould Priory to Tupholme Abbey causeway

Summary:
Stixwould Priory to Tupholme Abbey causeway

Location:
BUCKNALL, EAST LINDSEY, LINCOLNSHIRE
STIXWOULD, EAST LINDSEY, LINCOLNSHIRE
HORSINGTON, EAST LINDSEY, LINCOLNSHIRE
TUPHOLME, EAST LINDSEY, LINCOLNSHIRE

Description:
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There is conjectural evidence that a series of five small causeways ran from Stixwould Priory to Tupholme Abbey. This causeway differs from the others in the Witham Valley as it does not run east-west across the valley from one side to the other, but runs north-west to south-east on the eastern side of the river. None of the causeways is more than 1km long, and they may have included ferries across canals and drainage ditches. It was recorded in the late nineteenth century that there was a paved way from Stixwould Priory to a deep drain. The other end of the causeway, near Tupholme Abbey, was recorded as being 24 feet wide. This causeway is similar to the Martin/Kirkstead causeway in that there is no evidence for Bronze Age barrows in the vicinity, and the votive offerings from the area seem to be mostly medieval. The locations of monastic establishments in relation to the causeways, and in many cases the fact that the causeways were controlled by these establishments, are thought to represent the 'conversion' of the important spiritual and ritual significance of the area to the Christian tradition. {1}

Sources:
1 Article in monograph: Stocker, D. and Everson, P.. 2003. ‘The straight and narrow way: fenland causeways and the conversion of the landscape in the Witham valley, Lincolnshire’, in The Cross Goes North, Processes of Conversion in Northern Europe, AD300-1300, edited by Martin Carver. pp.271-88

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