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Kettlethorpe Hall

In the civil parish of Kettlethorpe.
In the historic county of Lincolnshire.
Modern Authority of Lincolnshire.
1974 county of Lincolnshire.
Medieval County of Lincolnshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK84847558
Latitude 53.27077° Longitude -0.72954°

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

There are earthwork remains.

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law*.


Earthworks of a medieval moated site, now occupied by a small, early C18 country house. The house incorporates earlier masonry and was considerably altered and extended circa 1863. A C14 gateway arch is the principal survivor from the medieval house once occupied by Katherine Swynford, the wife of John of Gaunt. (PastScape)

The moat (SK 848756) surrounding Kettlethorpe Hall survives in part on all four sides of a rectangle and presumably is the remnant of the manor held by the Swynford family in the later 14th and 15th centuries, including Katherine Swynford latterly wife of John of Gaunt and duchess of Lancaster. The whole curia probably extended N and E of the moated portion in a rectangle approximately 250 x 200m that included St Peter and St Paul's church, whose advowson belonged to the Swynford manor. The residence has remained continuously occupied, notably by the families of Hall and Amcotts; the present house is largely 19th- century but appears to retain older fabric; a gateway with 14th- century detailing is said to have been re-erected in its present location in the early 18th century. (PastScape Ref. Everson)

This is the moat made famous in 2009 when Douglas Hogg claimed, as part of his expenses as an MP, £2,200 for the cleaning of the moat. He does not seem to have claimed (or possibly spent) any money for the cost of preserving the gateway arch which has been on the Heritage at Risk Register for some years.
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