Civil War Gun Battery and Covered Way Immediately South East of Wiverton Hall
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Nottinghamshire County Council
Rushcliffe Borough Council
SE714714 (471407, 336316)
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The scheduled monument includes the remains of a Civil War gun battery constructed by the Royalist garrison defending Wiverton Hall, and an adjacent covered way comprising the contemporary evidence to the house. The monument falls into two areas of protection, both of which are situated approximately 80 metres south east of Wiverton Hall. The first consists of earthworks defining a breastwork which is triangular in plan. The breastwork conceals a raised internal platform and is interpreted as representing a half-moon battery or gun emplacement. The second area includes the remains of a pair of parallel earthwork banks 4 metres in width, up to 0.8 metres in height and aligned on a north-north-west to south-south-east axis. These earthworks define a central area approximately 200 metres in length and 15 metres in width. This feature is interpreted as representing a covered way which formed the main entrance to the hall, and follows the course of an aerlier medieval trackway. Contemporary documentary sources record that on 9th November 1645 a Parliamentarian force under Colonel-General Sydenham Poyntz surrounded the Royalist garrison holding Wiverton Hall and demanded their surrender. The siege ended after one day with the Royalist governor Sir Robert Therrill marching out of the garrison who left behind their arms and provisions. The location and orientation of the half-moon battery suggests that it was constructed to provide a clear field of fire for artillery over the south eastern approaches to the hall. Documentary sources record that it was originally one of a pair flanking the covered way, a similar battery protecting the south western approaches. The second battery no longer survives as an earthwork feature and is not included in the scheduling.
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