Monument record IKL 071 - Civil War Sconce near Farthing Bridge

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`A well defined civil war sconce with four angle bastions'.


Grid reference Centred TL 7723 7255 (120m by 122m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL77SE


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

`A well defined civil war sconce with four angle bastions' (OS, FPM, 16.3. 77)(S1)(R1)(R2).
September 1977: `The earthwork lies on river alluvium, at present under pasture near where a road bridge crosses River Lark. The work was partially levelled after the 1939-1945 war (Mr S Marston, landowner), but still retains a low profile. It measures about 65m square with central mound 20m NW to SE by 12m transversely, by 0.8m high. A shallow outer ditch, 7m wide by 0.4m deep surrounds the four bastions, with a further ditch 3m wide by 0.3m deep lying about 10m beyond. The bastions now average 10m square by 0.5m high with a causeway leading to the central position. A spoil heap has mutilated the N side of the central mound and a war-time pill-box has been built on the S bastion' (S1)(S2).
1981: Covered in high grass, nettles - scrub (S3).
No history of its use known though the two adjoining manors of Icklingham (the sconce appears to protect the bridge crossing the River Lark to Icklingham) were owned by a rival Parliamentarian and a Royalist.

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <R1> (No record type): RAF, APs CPE/UK/1918, 3015-16, 9 1 47.
  • <M1> (No record type): SAM file:.
  • <S1> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TL77SE70, 1977.
  • <R2> (No record type): OS, AP, 76 060 112.
  • <S2> Bibliographic reference: Suffolk Institute of Archaeology. Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology. Archaeol in Suff, 1978, PSIA, 34, 1979, (3), 215.
  • <S3> (No record type): DOE, scheduling information, 1978, 1981.

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Jun 26 2009 9:59AM

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