In a message dated 04/07/03 01:20:07 GMT Daylight Time,
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> one should perhaps take note of somewhere like Newark. In the case of that
> town a substantial wall and ditch existed from the late Saxon times but by
> the mid 14th century was almost completely removed to allow for town
> expansion. It was replaced with a much less substantial wall which followed
> the original route but was little more than a boundary feature deliniating
> the town itself from the newer suburbs for the purposes of tax. Some
> sections of later wall remain and are often decried as being too
> insubstantial as to be part of the town wall. The error here is that
> although they are not part of the 'original' wall which topped a large
> bank, they are probably part of the later boundary and therefore do have
> historical and archaeological significance.
> If you like I can send you copies of the excavation reports on the various
> sections of the wall that have been examined during development over the
> past 30 years or so.
> Best wishes
> Richard Tyndall
> FARI Archaology
Thank you so much for such a very helpful reply. The excavation reports
would be a great help as all my efforts have achieved so far is to raise yet more
questions - fantastic from a local history point of view but not too good when
you're working against the clock (and I haven't even been given a definite
Although the wall does not follow either the present town boundary, or the
parish boundary at enclosure, ancient Brandon is unusual in that it really had
two centres of occupation - the agricultural centre based around the Town
Street area of town which is the locality in which the monks of Ely held land from
the 10th century, and the newer (possibly late medieval) business district
around the river crossing at the Ferry Street side of town. The wall in question
is halfway between the two but does seem consistent with the limit of the
demesne land (although the exact line of this boundary is still uncertain due to
lack of documentary evidence).
You could very well be right in that although perhaps not the wall everyone
thinks it is, it still might have some historic significance and I would like
to at least try and answer this question before it is torn down.
I look forward to hearing from you in due course.