Monument record MLI40770 - Deserted Medieval Settlement of Birkwood, Mareham le Fen


Site of the deserted medieval settlement of Birkwood, Mareham le Fen.

Type and Period (2)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

The site of the deserted medieval settlement of Birkwood. {1}{2} A very fine limestone corbel head was found with other masonry fragments in early 1973, during the digging of a pipe trench in this area. The carving was of a humanoid head, thought to probably represent an angel, and possibly indicating the location of a former medieval chapel. Professor G. Zarnecki of the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, thought that the treatment of the eyes and hair on the statue was entirely of Romanesque style and dated the carving to the third quarter of the 12th century. {3}{4}{5}

Sources/Archives (5)

  •  Index: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey Card Index. TF 25 NE: 1.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: C.W. Foster and T. Longley. 1924. Lincolnshire Domesday and Lindsey Survey. PXLIX.
  •  Index: Lincolnshire County Council. Sites and Monuments Record Card Index. TF 25 NE: AG.
  •  Article in Serial: C.N. Moore (ed.). 1975. 'Archaeology in Lincolnshire, 1974' in Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. vol.10, pp.63-4.
  •  Artefact: City and County Museum Collection. LCNCC 11.74.



Grid reference Centred TF 2678 5935 (138m by 157m) Estimated from sources

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Record last edited

Mar 21 2021 8:35PM


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