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The Grange

Hob Uid: 321280
Location :
Leicestershire
Melton
Burton and Dalby
Grid Ref : SK7735015450
Summary : Cistercian Grange belonging to Vaudey Abbey surviving as an earthwork moat and ditch extending to the north. Scatter of undressed stone seen in 1972 - supposed annexe of grange farm buildings. Stone tower mentioned in historical sources
More information : [SK 7735 1545] The Grange [G.T.] (Site of) [T.I.] (1)

A terraced plateau marks the site of the Grange. Scheduled
ancient momument. (2,3)

A moated island with associated watercourse and ditches. (4)

Since the site was last reported on and surveyed in 1963 the
field in which it is located has been ploughed, destroying the
E-W bank at the northern extremity.An annexe in the form of a
heavy scatter of undressed stones can now be seen extending
westwards some 120 m. from the N & S arms of the moat. This
probably marks the extent of the grange farm buildings. (5)

SK 7734 1546. Moated grange.
This rectangular moat has an additional ditch projecting to the north from the north-east corner. The moat ditches are 8.0m - 10.0m wide and 1.5 - 2.0m deep. The overall dimensions of the moated area are 75m N-S x 60m E-W. The northward ditch extension is also 8.0m - 10.0m wide and it extends 90m, bending slightly towards the river.
Running the length of the eastern side of the site, including the northern arm, are the slight remains of an outer bank. The moat island is slightly raised on the north-east side with a low mound in the opposite corner.
Several gifts of land in Burton Lazars, including this grange, were given to Vaudey Abbey in Lincolnshire by Richard I, as documented in 1189. Historical sources refer to a stone tower within the grange.
Scheduled (RSM) No. 17028. (6)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1959. Prov. Edn.
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Source Number : 2
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : V.C.H. Leicestershire Vol 1 1907, p.271. (J.C.Wall).
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Source Number : 3
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : T. Leicestershire. A. & A.S. Vol.32,1956,p.83.
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Source Number : 4
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : B H Seaman/24-JUL-1963/Ordnance survey Archaeology Division Field Investigator
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : B H Seaman/28-APR-1972/Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigator
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Source Number : 6
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : English Heritage SAM Amendment Leicestershire 11-JUN-1992
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Cistercian Grange, Moat
Evidence : Documentary Evidence, Earthwork

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : LE 101
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 17028
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SK 71 NE 4
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 348506
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SK 71 NE 4
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1963-07-24
End Date : 1963-07-24
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SK 71 NE 4
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1972-04-28
End Date : 1972-04-28