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Ingarsby Monks Grave

In the civil parish of Hungarton.
In the historic county of Leicestershire.
Modern Authority of Leicestershire.
1974 county of Leicestershire.
Medieval County of Leicestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK68150489
Latitude 52.63745° Longitude -0.99436°

Ingarsby Monks Grave has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


Medieval moat, formerly considered as a C12 adulterine motte, surviving as an earthwork. The moat is sub circular and approximately 50m in diameter with a surrounding ditch 8-12m wide and up to 2m deep. The moat island forms a raised platform about 1m above ground level with an outer bank 4m wide and 1.5m high on the north-eastern side which terminates 5m from a field boundary and indicates the position of an entrance. (PastScape)

Monk's Grave' is a relatively small mound with a ring ditch, but with no bailey ditch. It is very similar in form to the Kibworth Harcourt earthwork. Other ideas such as a hermitage or barrow have been put forward. (Knox 2015)

Ingarsby Old Hall is the manorial centre and this site does not appear to be a precursor. Creighton suggest this as a motte of the Anarchy but the position of the mound, on a hillside beside a bridal way (which can never have been a major route) is not suggestive of such a thing. Ingarsby Old Hall is clearly sited in a much better position both tactically and strategically. The position of Monk's Grave seems more like that of a barrow, although it would be large for a barrow and is clearly not just a barrow. Certainly a report of a shard of Iron Age pottery apparently dug out from within the mound by badgers might cast some doubt on a C12 construction date. Was it adapted or built as some sort farmstead or small sub-grange (The name is local and probably derives from an association with the Leicester Abbey Grange at Ingarsby Old Hal - PastScape). Hermitages were an occasional part of high status landscapes, was this some sort of Hermitage?
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