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Brizlincote Hall

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Brysingote; Brassincot

In the civil parish of Bretby.
In the historic county of Derbyshire.
Modern Authority of Derbyshire.
1974 county of Derbyshire.
Medieval County of Derbyshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK27342204
Latitude 52.79559° Longitude -1.59613°

Brizlincote Hall has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are no visible remains.

Description

For much of the middle ages, Brizlincote was part of the holdings of the Abbey of Burton upon Trent, but under it was held from early in the 15th century by the Hortons of Catton. They built a moated seat slightly to the north-west of the present house, and remains of the earthworks are still visible (Craven and Stanley).
The rectangular enclosure referred to above may be the moated site. An aerial photograph, undated but presumably c. 2008, and taken with the sun low on the horizon, shows a range of earthworks, including the enclosure, with ridge and furrow running up to it. It also shows ridge and furrow to the north and north-east of the present farm, and further rectangular enclosures to the north-east, around SK 274223. These may represent house platforms - Wooley refers to Brizlincote ('Brassincot') as 'a small village seated about a mile west of Bretby', where the Earl of Chesterfield had just pulled down a large stone house and built the present brick house. (Derbyshire HER)

A Royal licence to crenellate was granted in 1546 Jan 31 (Click on the date for details of this licence.).

Comments

Licence given, to Sir William Paget in 1546, to fortify buildings he intended to erect in Brysingote along with permission to create a park there, However, he sold the manor in 1560 so presumably no, or only limited, building took place there. Brizlincote Hall stands close to the site, which is said to have been moated. The earthworks of a moated site, slightly to the north-west of the present house, are visible but may well belong to an earlier moated house of the Hortons of Catton although this was probably the house Paget intended to modify and rebuild. There is evidence of medieval settlement so the manor house probably of some age although, presumably, Paget wanted a house in a park, without a village.
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