Monument record MLI87656 - Settlement of North Coates


The settlement of North Coates was founded no earlier than the early 11th century and survives to the present day.

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  • None recorded

Full Description

PRN 45988 (including now superseded record 41364) North Coates is not mentioned in the Domesday book. The first documentary reference to the place is in the Lindsey Survey in 1115 which records that Manasiet Arsic owns 3 bovates of land, which is held by Gilbert Neville. {1} The name of North Cotes was Nordcotis in 1115 and derives from the Old English 'north' and the Old English 'cot' which means a cottage or hut. Its name probably relates to huts that were originally only used seasonally, perhaps for salt making, with the settlement becoming more permanent at a later date. It was probably originally a settlement within the territory of Fulstow.{2} In 1563 there were 37 households. {3} In the early 18th century there were 20 families in the parish. The Rectory house was recorded as being in ruins in 1704, but had been extensively repaired by 1721. {4} The population was 154 in 1801, had peaked at 323 in 1871, and then fell again to 257 in 1901. {5} At TA 3465 0031, TA 3481 0037 and TA 3500 0047 (PRN 45988a, b and c) the national mapping programme identified medieval crofts and tofts from aerial photographs. {6} At TA 3489 0030 (PRN 45988d) the national mapping programme also identified earthwork boundaries and enclosures dated to the medieval period. {6} A bronze dish, carved bone handle and green-glazes pottery was found in the village but the exact findspots are not known. {7}{8}{9} North Cotes was built behind the sea bank that was constructed in the early 11th century and, therefore, it is unlikely that the settlement is earlier than the sea bank. {10} During trial trenching at The Sycamores, Fleetway in September 2010, , four trenches were excavated in advance of excavation of two fishing lakes {45988e). Trench one revealed a ditch which contained fired clay, charcoal and burnt stone. Trench two revealed four medieval pottery sherds, two pieces of fired clay and a ditch, interpreted as a land boundary, which contained a sherd of 18th to 19th century pottery. Trench three was void of archaeology and trench four revealed four medieval pottery sherds, one sherd of 11th to 12th century pottery, a piece of fired clay and an undated gully. {11}{12}

Sources/Archives (12)

  •  Bibliographic Reference: C.W. Foster and T. Longley. 1924. Lincolnshire Domesday and Lindsey Survey. page 247.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Kenneth Cameron. 1998. A Dictionary of Lincolnshire Place-Names. page 33.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Gerald A.J. Hodgett. 1975. Tudor Lincolnshire. page 197.
  •  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. page 33.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: William Page (ed). 1906. The Victoria County History: Lincolnshire - Volume 2. page 367.
  •  Map: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1992-1996. National Mapping Programme. TA 3400:LI.348.1.1-6.
  •  Index: SMR FILE. NORTH COATES. TA 39 SW G-.
  •  Artefact: 1976. CITY AND COUNTY MUSEUM COLLECTION 1976. LCNCC140.76.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Gillian Fellows Jensen. 1978. Scandinavian Settlement Remains in the East Midlands. page 307.
  •  Report: Naomi Field Archaeological Consultancy. 2010. Archaeological Evaluation at The Sycamores, Fleetway, North Coates. SNFC10.
  •  Archive: Naomi Field Archaeological Consultancy. 2010. Archaeological Evaluation at The Sycamores, Fleetway, North Coates. LCNCC: 2010.132.



Grid reference Centred TA 3485 0044 (603m by 660m)

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Record last edited

Mar 8 2022 3:16PM


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