Fishponds 70m North of St Mary Magdalene's Church

Hartlepool Borough

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Early Medieval
Timber Framed Building

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County Council (Unitary)

Hartlepool Borough Council



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Grid Reference

SE470470 (446997, 535164)

WGS84 Coordinates

54.7092, -1.2705

Nearest Postcode

TS27 3BU

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The remains of a manorial complex of Late Saxon and Medieval date and Post-Medieval farm, including a great house. The south wall of one of the medieval buildings, known as the 'de Brus Wall', is Listed Grade II. The plan of the complex was uncovered by excavation between 1965-7 and 1972-3, when it was shown to have had a series of phases of occupation. The first phase is represented by evidence for Anglo-Saxon occupation; this was visible as the gullies, post holes, trenches and pits of timber buildings. Excavation also revealed a ditch which has been interpreted as part of a large pre-Conquest enclosure which contained the Saxon settlement and adjacent parish church. The medieval stone manor complex evolved from its timber predecessor during a re-organisation of the complex in the second phase of occupation which ended in the mid 13th century. Its layout revealed by excavation comprised two rectangular stone buildings with a series of enclosures in between. During the late 13th and early 14th centuries the basic layout of the manorial complex was established; it comprised three main buildings. The south wall of the first is visible as an upstanding length of wall of good stonework with three corbels on the interior and three windows at first floor level. The buried foundations of the remainder of this building survive below ground level. To the north of this building lie the buried foundations of the main hall of the 13th and 14th century manor, and includes a chapel. Immediately to its east is a third building interpreted as an aisled hall of three bays. In the first hall of the 14th century the main hall was refurbished, including the creation of an upper storey, and the aisled hall extended. During the mid-15th century the aisled hall was further extended and at the same time the main hall was abandoned. The manorial complex became part of the manor's post-medieval farm until 1952. To the north are two Medieval 2 fishponds and a leat. Scheduled.

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