Medieval Dylings and Flood Defence Bank at Gold Fen Dike Bank, Immediately South West of Ash Cottage
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Lincolnshire County Council
Boston Borough Council
Boston and Skegness
OV439439 (543861, 352596)
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The earthwork remains of dylings, a field system of medieval date located in the fenland 2.2 kilometres north east of St Mary and St Nicholas' Church. The dylings lie adjacent to the remains of an early medieval flood defence bank, on the south side of the present Gold Fen Dike. The dylings take the form of parallel field strips aligned north west to south east and separated by narrow ditches up to 0.5 metres deep. The strips are about 100 metres long and vary in width between 20 metres and 50 metres, occupying a total area 200 metres wide. Shallow depressions in some of the strips mark the position of former ponds, and near the centre of the monument is a water-filled pond of later date. The rectangular area occupied by the strips is bounded on each of the long sides by a linear bank 3-5 metres wide running at right angles to them, and the whole system is surrounded by a ditch 2 metres in width. Adjacent to the north western side of the field system, and aligned with it south west to north east, is a broad bank cut along the middle of a shallow ditch. This bank represents the remains of an early flood defence bank believed to have originated in the late Anglo-Saxon period in order to prevent flooding by upland waters from the north west. The alignment of the early bank is followed by the present Gold Fen Bank.
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