Medieval Fishpond Complex 145m South East of Council Farm


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County Council

Lincolnshire County Council

District Council

West Lindsey District Council



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Grid Reference

OV009009 (500891, 379561)

WGS84 Coordinates

53.3031, -0.485821

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The earthwork and buried remains of a medieval fishpond complex located 120 metres south of Norbeck Lane. Welton was a large settlement in the 11th century with six prebendal manors dating from soon after the Norman Conquest. The fishponds lie within a close, known as Dove Yard, which was part of the medieval prebendal manor of Westhall. The monument takes the form of a series of roughly rectangular fishponds aligne north-south, now dry, bounded by parallel channels to the north and south, situated on the north side of a shallow east draining valley. Both channels, approximately 110 metres in length, are broad, measuring 12 metres to 14 metres in width and up to 1 metre deep. They are thought to have served as fishponds as well as forming part of the water supply system. The fishponds lying between the two channels are formed by a series of roughly parallel banks aligned north to south. At the western end of the complex two large banks are joined at the centre by a low ridge, forming two small ponds or holding tanks, each measuring 20 metres in length and 1 metre deep. To the east of the ponds and between the parallel channels there is a series of low scarps and hollows which are thought to have provided shallow spawning areas. Scheduled.

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