Building record MLI97577 - Swineshead Abbey House, Swineshead


A house built in 1607 on the site of a former Cistercian Abbey.

Type and Period (3)

  • (Post Medieval to Modern - 1607 AD to 2050 AD)
  • (Post Medieval to Modern - 1607 AD to 2050 AD)
  • (Post Medieval to Modern - 1800 AD? to 2050 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

Full Description

A house, built on the site of a former Cistercian Abbey (see PRN10027) in 1607 for Sir John Lockton. The building reused the abbey remains and was altered in the early 19th and 20th centuries. It was constructed of coursed and squared limestone rubble and lined stucco and has hipped slate roof, limestone rendered ridge and wall stacks, and brick gable stack. For the full description and the legal address of this listed building please refer to the appropriate List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. {1} There is a medieval limestone effigy, reused as an architectural feature, affixed upright against the north-east return of the exterior wall of Swineshead Abbey house, built on the site of the former Swineshead Abbey. The effigy is damaged including the loss of the right arm and the legs. It is a limestone effigy entirely in mail that has square shoulders and a ridged, straight drapery indicating a date of about 1280 to 1300. It is stylistically distinctive from other effigies in the county. It is assumed that the effigy came originally from the medieval church at Swineshead Abbey (see PRN10027) and it has been suggested that it may be Robert de Gresley whose widow held the advowson of the church in Swineshead in 1284. {2} Abbey Farm (Swineshead Abbey), Swineshead. Partially extant 19th century farmstead. Regular courtyard with linked working buildings to all four sides of the yard. The farmhouse is detached from the main working complex. There has been significant loss (greater than 50%) of traditional buildings. Located within a Church and/or Manor farm group. {3}

Sources/Archives (3)

  •  Index: Department of the Environment. 1988. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. 4/72.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: Downing, Mark. 2010. Medieval Military Monuments in Lincolnshire. No.4, p.24.
  •  Digital Archive: English Heritage. 2015. English Heritage Farmsteads Project. 8128.



Grid reference Centred TF 2494 4072 (25m by 21m)

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Record last edited

Mar 21 2021 8:35PM


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