Monument record MLI83458 - Settlement of Braceborough


The settlement of Braceborough has its origins in the Anglo-Saxon period, and survives to the present.

Type and Period (3)

  • (Early Medieval/Dark Age to Modern - 1000 AD to 2050 AD)
  • (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)
  • (Post Medieval - 1850 AD to 1899 AD)

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Full Description

The settlement of Braceborough is first documented in the Domesday Book, where sokeland belonging to Robert de Todeni and Gilbert de Gand is recorded. Robert of Stafford held three manors there with two mills (PRN 35763) and a third of a church (PRN 33589). The minimum population at that time was 27. The first element of the name is obscure, the second is from the Old English for a 'burh', meaning 'a fortified place'. {1}{2} A charter for a fair was granted in 1271 to the Lord at that time, who was William de Wasteneys. {3} Twenty-one households were recorded there in 1563 in the Diocesan Returns. {4} At the beginning of the 18th century there were 19 families in Braceborough although this number had risen to 27 families by the 1720s. {5} The population in 1801 was 148, and by 1901 it was 161, peaking in 1841 at 231. {6} During a watching brief two ditches thought to be contemporary with one another were identified. These are thought to be of a post medieval date or possibly earlier and functioned as boundary ditches (formerly 35681, now deleted). A sherd of ninth-twelfth century pottery was also recovered (35680), perhaps indicating an earlier foundation for the settlement. {7}{8} An archaeological watching brief was undertaken at Main Street, Braceborough. The watching brief monitored the excavation of foundation trenches for a new residential development, and revealed a sequence of undated and post-medieval features. Undated deposits included a rectangular pit and a subsoil development. Post-medieval deposits consist of a single pond or clearance cut. This feature does not appear on the 1st edition Ordnance Survey map of the area, indicating that it had probably been filled in by 1889. The only finds retrieved, 19th century pottery, were collected from the fill of this feature. {9}{10} Remains of probable medieval settlement activity were identified in the field to the immediate south of Braceborough village hall (TF 0798 1306). The remains could be seen on the Google Maps aerial photographic layer as slight earthworks of possible medieval house platforms and property boundaries. {11}

Sources/Archives (11)

  •  Bibliographic Reference: C.W. Foster and T. Longley. 1924. Lincolnshire Domesday and Lindsey Survey. 18/14, 24/30, 59/5,6.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Kenneth Cameron. 1998. A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place-Names. p.18.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Graham Platts. 1985. Land and People in Medieval Lincolnshire. Appendix 1.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Gerald A.J. Hodgett. 1975. Tudor Lincolnshire. p.192.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: R.E.G. Cole. 1913. Speculum Dioeceseos Lincolniensis sub Episcopis Gul: Wake et Edm: Gibson A.D.1705-1723. Part 1: Archdeaconries of Lincoln and Stow. p.20.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William Page (ed). 1906. The Victoria County History: Lincolnshire - Volume 2. -.
  •  Report: Archaeological Project Services. 2002. Land at Church Lane, Braceborough. CLB02.
  •  Archive: Archaeological Project Services. 2002. Land at Church Lane, Braceborough. LCNCC 2002.246.
  •  Report: Archaeological Project Services. May 2004. Archaeological Watching Brief at Main Street, Braceborough. MSB03.
  •  Archive: Archaeological Project Services. May 2004. Archaeological Watching Brief at Main Street, Braceborough. LCNCC 2003.329.
  •  Website: Google. 2006->. Google Maps and Street View. Accessed 18/03/2020.



Grid reference Centred TF 0812 1311 (482m by 463m) Estimated from Sources

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Record last edited

Nov 8 2021 11:07AM


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