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The Island

Hob Uid: 340198
Location :
Non Civil Parish
Grid Ref : SP5036074770
Summary : A possible motte, originally surrounded by a moat that was infilled in 1847. It has also been suggested that this was a barrow or moated site. Scheduled.
More information : (SP 5036 7477)The Island (Tumulus) (OE) (1)

The monks of Pipewell Abbey who had a grange here (SP 57 SW 4) "surrounded the ancient tumulus in the close with a moat, throwing the earth inwards and enlarging the space. This moat was filled from the land springs on the upper strata of the gravel.." and used as a stew for fish. (2)

Wait describes 'the island' as having a small ditch, but says that in 1797 this ditch was "a moat from 4' to 6' wide, and full of water. A wooden drawbridge with a spiked gate in the centre, crossed this at the place where the cricket pavillion now stands." (3)

Rugby 'the island' mound - scheduled as an Ancient Monument under Miscellaneous Sites. (4)

The original nature of 'The Island' is uncertain. It could have been a BA barrow, a small motte, or even a mound constructed specifically for meditation by the monks of the Grange (as was their practice at Pipewell, See SP 88 NW 8).
The name 'The Island' is still in current use, and it is now grass covered and planted with trees. A notice states that the moat was filled in in 1847. (5)

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Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1923-1938
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Source details : M. H. Bloxam, 1889, Rugby, 105-6
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Source details : O. W. Wait, 1893, Rugby Past and Present, 86
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Source : Ancient monuments in England and Wales : list prepared by the Ministry of Works, corrected to 31st December 1952
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Source Number : 5
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 FDC 21-MAY-68
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Bronze Age
Display Date : Bronze Age
Monument End Date : -700
Monument Start Date : -2600
Monument Type : Round Barrow
Evidence : Conjectural Evidence
Monument Period Name : Medieval
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Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Motte, Moat
Evidence : Earthwork, Conjectural Evidence, Destroyed Monument
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Moat infilled 1847
Monument End Date : 1847
Monument Start Date : 1847
Monument Type : Moat
Evidence : Destroyed Monument

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : WA 22
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SP 57 SW 6
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Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SP 57 SW 6
Start Date : 1968-05-21
End Date : 1968-05-21