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Torksey Medieval Town

Reference Name MLI54207

Torksey Medieval Town

Site of the medieval town of Torksey.


The two fields between the modern village of Torksey and the Foss dyke contain ample evidence of the remains of the medieval settlement which flourished there in the days when the Foss dyke was navigable and formed the principal route for trade between Lincoln and the northern counties. The area was densely populated, one 19th century source referring to as many as 57 houses being traceable in the two fields. {1}{2}

The site of a 12th century timber framed house was excavated in 1960, which was contemporary with a Norman pottery kiln. Also site of a Norman lime kiln which was disturbed by a medieval cemetery (52533). {7}{8}{9}

A one metre by one metre test pit was excavated in July 2011 by the University of Sheffield at 4 Sand Lane, Torksey 54207a]. Medieval pottery, a copper alloy belt fitting and fragments of possibly medieval glass and tile were found. The glass and tile suggests that a high status building may have existed nearby. {14}

1 Scheduling Record: HBMC. AM 107. SAM 137
2 Scheduling Record: HBMC. 1986. AM 107. SAM 137
3 Aerial Photograph: Paul Everson. 1975-90. RCHM. 2969/35
4 Index: Ordnance Survey. Torksey O.S. Cards. TORKSEY. SK 87 NW:1,1960, HARPER F R
5 Bibliographic Reference: HILL, J.W.F.. 1948. Medieval Lincoln. P308
6 Article in Serial: R.E.G. Cole. 1906. 'The Royal Borough of Torksey, its Churches, Monasteries and Castle' in The Associated Architectural and Archaeological Societies’ Reports and Papers. PP451-530
7 Index: University of Nottingham. 1960. East Midland Archaeological Bulletin. P 9
8 Article in Serial: M.W. Barley. 1964. 'The Medieval Borough of Torksey: Excavations 1960-2' in The Antiquaries Journal. P165-187
9 Bibliographic Reference: Everson, P.L., Taylor, C.C. and Dunn, C.J.. 1991. Change and Continuity: Rural Settlement in North-West Lincolnshire. ARCHIVE NOTES
10 Index: Torksey SMR File. TORKSEY. SK 87 NW:AG,1979, TMA
11 Aerial Photograph: 1945-84. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY COLLECTION. LI 30-32, 34,1953,
12 Aerial Photograph: 1945-84. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY COLLECTION. JE 33-38; FP28,30,1952,
13 Article in Serial: BARLEY, M.W. ET AL. 1981. ANTIQUARIES JOURNAL. Volume 61, pp.264-291
14 Report: University of Sheffield. 2012. Torksey Test Pits. -

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