Rabbit Warren 180m North East of the Lawn
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Leicestershire County Council
Blaby District Council
SE523523 (452276, 301945)
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The remains of a medieval rabbit warren 180 metres north east of The Lawn. A series of three to four amorphous earthwork mounds situated upon a natural sandy ridge define a warren covering an area a maximum of 73 metres by 123 metres, with the long axis orientated NNW-SSE. The warren reaches a maximum height of 3 metres in the north east corner. Two linear depressions divide the individual mounds. The first is roughly 'T'-shaped in plan, 7 metres in width and runs from the centre of the southern end for approximately 50 metres on a NNW-SSE axis. The second is 3.5 metres in width and runs for 30 metres on an east-west axis from the north western corner of the monument. Documentary sources indicate that the warren was situated within Leicester Forest which belonged to the Earls of Leicester before reverting back to the ownership of the Crown. A document dated to 1280 states that there were then no warrens within Lubbesthorpe, suggesting that the monument came into use after this time. Scheduled.
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