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Research update
The Harlaxton Manors

Activity for 2024

Our aims this year will be to establish sound foundations for the wider project and build the foundations upon which future work can be built.

Given this is a new field to everyone involved in the Harlaxton History Society it will also be a year to establish knowledge and understanding about the process of organising a community dig and learning about the techniques required, including archival research, geophysical exploration, digging of test pits and management of any finds.

The big strategic aims this year are therefore;

  1. to engage with the landowners on the manorial site

  2. ensure we have informed all authorities we need to of our project

  3. undertake desk research

  4. undertake initial non intrusive site surveys, including geophysical examination, architectural inspection of current buildings, metal detecting, field walking and ground surveying

Desk Research

Good archaeology starts with good desk research and members of the Harlaxton History society have been busying themselves trawling thorough web references and archival material to try and find as much information about the manorial site and the buildings that might have stood on it as possible.

So far some really useful images have emerged of the old Jacobean building. Not only do these offer clues as to the location when matched with old maps and areal photography, but they also p[oint to the size and style of the building and hint at it's incorporation of older Tudor ranges.

Two images of the North Frontage of Harlaxton Manor in 1817

North Frontage of Harlaxton Manor in 1831 from the office of Anthony Salvin, architect of the new manor

South Frontage of Harlaxton Manor in 1817 showing the oriel window in the centre of the range

A cottage, built in the 1930s now sits on the site of the former manor houses. There are many elements of old stone used in it's construction most notable of which is the elaborate oriel window. One of the aims of the research is to confirm whether this is still in its original situation . If it is it will provide a significant clue as to the orientation of the lost buildings.

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Modern technology is also playing a part. LIDAR images help show the line of the moat and surrounding field features

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