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Lincoln siege-works

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

OS Map Grid Reference: SK97317198
Latitude 53.23582° Longitude -0.54352°

Lincoln siege-works has been described as a certain Siege Work.

There are no visible remains.


Stephen turned St Mary's church into a siege castle in 1140-41 (William of Malmesbury, Historia Novella, p. 48); this may have been either the cathedral, St Mary Crackpole or St Mary le Wigford. The munitio of his siege of 1144 ( Henry of Huntingdon p. 277) is said to have been the square earthwork outside the westgate of the castle (J.W.F. Hill, Medieval Lincoln, pp. 177-80). (Renn)

In 1144, when Stephen made an attack on Lincoln Castle, he constructed a square earthwork, three sides of which are clearly marked on nineteenth century maps, within the ground of the Lawn Hospital (SK 9728 7191), opposite the western gateway of the castle. The earthwork is now difficult to discern (Hill).
All but a few fragments of slope have been obliterated by development (F1 FRH 22-APR-63). (PastScape)

This earthwork is no longer visible on aerial photographs. This was probably not finished according to King.
See also Thorngate, which may have been a pre-existing fortified house of the Condet family in the south-west of Lincoln used during one or both of the Anarchy sieges and which was ordered to be demolished in 1151.
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