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Eagle Preceptory

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;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

In the civil parish of Eagle And Swinethorpe.
In the historic county of Lincolnshire.
Modern Authority of Lincolnshire.
1974 county of Lincolnshire.
Medieval County of Lincolnshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK86516574
Latitude 53.18174° Longitude -0.70694°

Eagle Preceptory has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House, and also as a probable Fortified Ecclesiastical site.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.

Description

In 1449, Robert Botyll, prior of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England, was given a complex grant for markets, fairs, imparking etc his manor of Aycle, which included licence to 'embattle, crenellate, and machiolate the manor'

Hospital for sick and aged members of the order of the Templars established at Eagle during Stephen's reign (1135-54). After the suppression of the order in 1312 the preceptory passed to the Hospitallers; and was dissolved in 1540.(Knowles and Hadcock 1971).
The present 'Eagle Hall' is an 18thC farmhouse but the stone barn at SK86466576 may be a 16thC construction (F1 BHS 27-FEB-64).
The Medieval moat, described by the previous authorities, was visible as earthworks and mapped from poor quality air photographs. It is defined by a broad ditch on three sides, forming an enclosure 310m wide, and is centred at SK 8651 6574. (PastScape)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1449 June 26 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Comments

This appears to be the site a 'very praty manor place' of the Earl of Rutland described by Leland.
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