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Cotton Mill Farm 1969

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Cotton Mill Farm 1969

Type; Medieval Moated Site
Location; Ediingley, SK 653558
Project Leader R.D.Smith

Crop marks of an apparent rectangular enclosure were noted by the aerial
photographer Jim Pickering in 1967.
The farmer was interested in the history of his land and three trenches were
dug, two to cut the features visible from the air and one to test the central
and higher level. The central oblong features within the enclosure were
concluded to have been fishponds and the irregular rectangle of the outer
ditch was consistent with other Moated sites in the East Midlands. The central
test pit revealed no structures nor was any firm dating evidence found. A
large house adjacent to the field on the northern side is known as the Grange
and this may provide the clue to the area’s original use when attached in
some way to a monastic order possibly in Southwell. When this use of the
land was no longer required the field was flooded to provide a head of water
for the mill in the S.E. corner of the field. This darn is clearly marked on
several maps of the 18th and 19th centuries. Further work could be justified
on the history of this mill.
An excavation report with section drawings and plans are filed in Mansfield
Museum.