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Owston Grange

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Oliver Cromwell's Castle

In the civil parish of Owston and Newbold.
In the historic county of Leicestershire.
Modern Authority of Leicestershire.
1974 county of Leicestershire.
Medieval County of Leicestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK78790819
Latitude 52.66596° Longitude -0.83651°

Owston Grange has been described as a probable Fortified Manor House.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


VCH records this site as a 'moated inclosure with stronger defensive works.'

In a field to the north of the road from Owston to Knossington is a large dry moat surmounted by a bank. (VCH)

This site is known locally as 'Oliver Cromwell's Castle'. It comprises a large sub-rectangular moat and an associated enclosure to the south. The moat measures 110m x 125m. The surrounding ditch is water-filled, 12m - 15m wide, and up to 3.0m deep at the south-east corner. An inturned corner of the moat on the north-west has an extra arm which projects into the island for a distance of 20m. An inner bank is identifiable on the south and east sides of the island. Attached to the south side of the moat is a large enclosure defined partly by a ditch 6m wide and 1m deep which runs the width of the field 60m to the south. This may have been a moated grange farm belonging to Owston Abbey. (PastScape–scheduling report)

The high status of the grange owners probably accounts for the moats, and possibly other defensive features (although the gatehouse suggested by Bott is said to be problematic in PastScape) but this was an isolated site, some distance from settlement and thus, possibly, rather more vulnerable to gangs of thieves.
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