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Mablethorpe

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Malberthorpe

In the civil parish of Mablethorpe And Sutton.
In the historic county of Lincolnshire.
Modern Authority of Lincolnshire.
1974 county of Lincolnshire.
Medieval County of Lincolnshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: TF49148463
Latitude 53.33762° Longitude 0.23854°

Mablethorpe has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are earthwork remains.

Description

An ancient farm House, sometimes called the Old Hall, was a seat of the Fitzwilliam family in the 15th and 16th centuries; and tradition says a French ship landed a body of armed men, who carried off the heir of this family, and exacted such a large ransom that they were obliged to sell their estates in this neighbourhood. At a short distance from this house are traces of a moated area, on which the mansion of some other wealthy family is supposed to have stood. (White 1872)

During trial trenching at Mablethorpe Hall Care Home in July 2012, Trench 1 revealed a dumped layer which was probably deposited in the medieval period. It may have been dumped during the excavation of the moat to create an island for the high status buildings. 15th century pottery and animal bone was also recorded. (Lincolnshire HER ref. Allen Archaeological Associates 2012)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1459 Dec 11 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Comments

Thomas Fitzwilliam obtained a licence to crenellate in 1459. Despite White's statement Gatehouse considers it unlikely that two separate wealthy families would have houses so close together in the C15 in this rural area and it seems more likely his 'Old Hall' and the moated area represent different phases of FitzWilliam occupation with the moated site probably being the site of the C15 licensed house. If White's story of pirate abduction is correct, and it could well be so, it should be noted that there were genuine threats to personal security in this area but neither a licence to crenellate nor a moat offered any absolute protection.
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