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Time Team - Groby Hall, Leicestershire

Time Team - Groby Hall, Leicestershire

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In April 2010 an archaeological evaluation was undertaken by Channel 4’s ‘Time Team’ at the site of a Norman motte and bailey castle and medieval manorial site at Groby Old Hall (NGR 452396 307624; Scheduled Ancient Monument 17066). The castle motte incorporates a rare substantial internal Norman stone building. The site was subsequently re-used as the location for a medieval manorial complex, one of the most extensive in Leicestershire. Extant and below-ground ruins of this manor survive to the south of the motte, some incorporated into the buildings of Groby Old Hall. The present Hall, built in stone, was extended in brick in the late 15th century.
An evaluation comprising eight trenches demonstrated a complex sequence of buildings on the Site. Initially, the focus of occupation was likely to have been the defensive motte, keep and bailey ditch in the northern part of the Site. This early castle was built by Hugh de Grantmesnil in the late 11th century, and may have been slighted by Henry II in 1176 after a siege. The evaluation by Time Team, and excavations in the 1960s under the auspices of the Ministry of Works, indicate that the motte was built around the lower part of the stone keep.
In April 2010 an archaeological evaluation was undertaken by Channel 4’s ‘Time Team’ at the site of a Norman motte and bailey castle and medieval manorial site at Groby Old Hall (NGR 452396 307624; Scheduled Ancient Monument 17066). The castle motte incorporates a rare substantial internal Norman stone building. The site was subsequently re-used as the location for a medieval manorial complex, one of the most extensive in Leicestershire. Extant and below-ground ruins of this manor survive to the south of the motte, some incorporated into the buildings of Groby Old Hall. The present Hall, built in stone, was extended in brick in the late 15th century.
An evaluation comprising eight trenches demonstrated a complex sequence of buildings on the Site. Initially, the focus of occupation was likely to have been the defensive motte, keep and bailey ditch in the northern part of the Site. This early castle was built by Hugh de Grantmesnil in the late 11th century, and may have been slighted by Henry II in 1176 after a siege. The evaluation by Time Team, and excavations in the 1960s under the auspices of the Ministry of Works, indicate that the motte was built around the lower part of the stone keep.

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Wessex Archaeology 
February 2011Ref: 74151
Groby Old HallGroby, Leicestershire
 Archaeological Evaluation and Assessment of Results
 
GROBY OLD HALLGROBY, LEICESTERSHIRE
SCHEDULED ANCIENT MONUMENT 17066
Archaeological Evaluation and Assessment of Results
Prepared for:
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Portway HouseOld Sarum ParkSALISBURYWiltshireSP4 6EBReport reference: 74151.01Path: x:\projects\74151\postex\groby old hall_report_v1.doc
February 2011
© Wessex Archaeology Limited 2011 all rights reserved Wessex Archaeology Limited is a Registered Charity No. 287786 
 
 
Groby Old Hall, Leicestershire Archaeological Evaluation and Assessment of ResultsWA Project No. 74151
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452396 307624
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