Civil War Defences 270m and 300m West of Vale Farm
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Nottinghamshire County Council
Newark and Sherwood District Council
SE833833 (483299, 354021)
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The remains of Civil War works at Coddington constructed by the Parliamentarian forces besieging Newark in 1645-1646. The monument is in two parts and consists of linear earthwork banks defining low ramparts. The first section comprises and 'L'-shaped rampart measuring a maximum of 13 metres in width and 0.5 metres in height which runs for approximately 34 metres east of Balderton Lane before turning sharply and continuing for a further 40 metres on a north-south axis. The second section of rampart is a maximum of 12 metres in width and 0.5 metres in height and runs for up to 60 metres on a north-south axis from the northern boundary of the Homestead. Documentary sources record that during the third and final siege of Newark between November 1645 and May 1646 the headquarters of the Parliamentarian regiment of Colonel Theophilus Gray wre located at Coddington. The earthworks are interpreted as representing the remains of the south east corner of defences which were intended to offer protection to a temporary encampment within. Scheduled.
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