Civil War Town Defences Within the Friary Garden
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Nottinghamshire County Council
Newark and Sherwood District Council
SE803803 (480264, 354079)
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The remains of the ramparts and ditch defining the north east corner of the Civil War town defences of Newark. It is located within the Friary gardens and adjoining properties to the south. The monument consists of earthworks defining a bank varying between 8 metres and 14 metres in width and up to 2 metres in height. The bank abuts the northern boundary wall of Friary gardens and follows the inside edge of the wall as it continues south east into Friary Road up to the corner of Magnus Street. This bank is interpreted as representing the remains of a multi-phase rampart constructed between 1642 and 1646 as the north east corner of the town's civil war defences. An additional area up to 5 metres north of the Friary Gardens boundary wall on Sleaford Road includes the position of an external ditch known to have been constructed beyond the ramparts which survives as a buried feature. This ditch is interpreted as having provided a quarry for material to increase the height of the rampart as well as providing a line of defence. A contemporary plan recording the Civil War fieldworks constructed by the Royalist garrison defending the town clearly depicts the rampart, the external ditch and a bastion projecting from the north eastern corner of Friary Gardens. Scheduled.
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