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Tattershall Castle

Hob Uid: 352629
Location :
Lincolnshire
East Lindsey
Tattershall
Grid Ref : TF2110057540
Summary : The medieval castle at Tattershall and associated earthworks were recorded by ground survey and by aerial photography. Constructed in 13th.century by Robert of Tattershall, in 15th century it passed to Ralph, first Lord Cromwell, who rebuilt it as a fortified house and founded a college on the adjacent site. The castle was occupied until 1693; it thereafter fell into disrepair and in 1970 some of the building material was removed and the moats largely infilled. In 1925 it passed into the care of the National Trust. The remains take the form of an inner moated enclosure with two enclosures, also moated. The first building on the site is thought to have been a stone-built hall located near the western edge of the enclosure, followed by a curtain wall with interval towers. The hall survived until the 18th century as a ruin but is no longer evident. Parts of the curtain wall survive in the western part of the enclosure adjacent to the later Great Tower, which was built in the 15th century. The foundations of two interval towers also survive, to the north and south of the Great Tower. The remains of another interval tower have been identified on the south side of the enclosure. Construction of the Great Tower commenced in the 1430s when the castle was converted into a fortified residence. A separate kitchen block was built adjacent and to the south, incorporating one of the interval towers. The foundations of these structures are now exposed. Surrounding the inner moat are the remains of a penannular outer bailey first constructed in the 15th century. The inner and outer moats were originally joined only on the north side, but are now also joined on the east and west sides creating two 'L'-shaped enclosures. The enclosure to the north east includes the remains of the middle ward and a guardhouse. In the northern part of the ward are the foundations of a gatehouse. The remains of the outer ward are situated in what is now the north western enclosure.
More information : [Area TF 212575] Tattershall Castle [G.T.]. (1)

See attached pamphlet. (2)

Castle and earthworks resurveyed at 1:2500. The whole is National Trust property. (3)

Post-Medieval pottery, mostly 17th century, found during castle moat cleaning in 1972 includes Delft and chafing dish sherds, Bellarmine and early clay pipes. (4)

Additional references. (5-6)

TF 210 575. Tattershall Castle. Scheduled no. LI/2. (7)

The castle and associated features were recorded from aerial photographs at a scale of 1:10000 as part of the Welland Valley beacon project. A group of three fishponds are recorded to the south of the castle earthworks at TF 2121 5737, TF 2123 5740, TF 2123 5742. This area is bounded on the west by a dyke and on the south by a slight bank. (10)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1956
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : National Trust. 1960. Tattershall Castle
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Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 JB 16-DEC-64
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Source Number : 4
Source : Lincolnshire history and archaeology
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Page(s) : 44
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Vol(s) : 8 (1974)
Source Number : 5
Source : The Archaeological Journal
Source details :
Page(s) : 317-21
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Vol(s) : 131 (1974)
Source Number : 6
Source : Medieval Britain from the air
Source details :
Page(s) : 184-186
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Source Number : 7
Source : County list of Scheduled Monuments : March 1994
Source details : Lincolnshire
Page(s) : 6
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Source Number : 8
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : 02-Dec-98
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Source Number : 9
Source : List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest
Source details : East Lindsey, 23-APR-1987
Page(s) : 34-37
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Source Number : 10
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF/CPE/UK/2009 3478 16-APR-1947
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Castle, Curtain Wall, Interval Tower, Moat, Keep, Kitchen, Great Hall, Fishpond, Ditch, Boundary Bank
Evidence : Demolished Building, Structure, Earthwork, Extant Building
Monument Period Name : 20th Century
Display Date : Restored 1911-25
Monument End Date : 1925
Monument Start Date : 1911
Monument Type : Keep
Evidence : Extant Building

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Lincolnshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 2
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : LI 2
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 22720
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 400478
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 400479
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 400480
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 400481
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 400482
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Listed Building List Entry Legacy Uid
External Cross Reference Number : 400483
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TF 25 NW 1
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 352632
Relationship type : General association

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, TATTERSHALL CASTLE
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1912-01-01
End Date : 1914-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON TF 25 NW 1
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1964-12-16
End Date : 1964-12-16
Associated Activities : Primary, TATTERSHALL CASTLE
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 1989-01-01
End Date : 1989-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, TATTERSHALL CASTLE
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 1992-01-01
End Date : 1994-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, TATTERSHALL CASTLE (BOUNDARY FENCE)
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 1994-01-01
End Date : 1994-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, TATTERSHALL CASTLE TILT YARD
Activity type : GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY
Start Date : 1998-01-01
End Date : 1998-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, TATTERSHALL CASTLE
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 1998-01-01
End Date : 1998-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, ENGLISH HERITAGE: WITHAM VALLEY NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 2004-01-01
End Date : 2005-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, LAND AT TATTERSHALL CASTLE
Activity type : EVALUATION
Start Date : 2004-01-01
End Date : 2004-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, TATTERSHALL CASTLE
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 2006-01-01
End Date : 2006-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, TATTERSHALL CASTLE
Activity type : GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY
Start Date : 2009-01-01
End Date : 2009-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, INNER WARD, TATTERSHALL CASTLE
Activity type : EVALUATION
Start Date : 2011-01-01
End Date : 2011-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, THE TILTYARD, TATTERSHALL CASTLE
Activity type : EVALUATION
Start Date : 2015-01-01
End Date : 2015-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, TATTERSHALL CASTLE (CURZON LODGE)
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 2015-01-01
End Date : 2015-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, LAND SOUTH-EAST OF TATTERSHALL CASTLE
Activity type : GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY
Start Date : 2015-01-01
End Date : 2015-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, TATTERSHALL CASTLE CABLING
Activity type : WATCHING BRIEF
Start Date : 2016-01-01
End Date : 2016-12-31