Has been described as a Certain Fortified Ecclesiastical site
There are earthwork remains
(SP 148 039) A preceptory of the Knights Hospitallers was founded at Quenington c 1193 and dissolved in 1540. Quenington Court (SP14810388), mainly 19th cent, stands on the site of the preceptory, and the gatehouse still survives, with a 13th cent postern doorway. The surrounding moat visible in Rudder's time is mentioned by Mrs Clifford in her report of excavations carried out in the grounds of the Court (at SP 1479 0391) in 1958. Discoveries at that time included 12th and 13th cent stonework, animal bones and fragments of cooking pots, suggesting that this area was included in the kitchen quarters of the preceptory. The round dovecote, with its potence still in existence, may be the one mentioned by Prior Philip de Thame to the Grand Master Elyan de Villanove in 1338.
Quenington Court SP 147 039. A small excavation before the grounds were laid out located a large stone building which was probably the Hall of the Knights Templars built c 1200. An earlier building of whose walls consisted of stone bonded clay was destroyed to build the hall; pottery, all unglazed, associated with the earlier building was 11th - 12th c. Several pieces of ecclesiastical painted glass suggested that the chapel is nearby (Reece 1971).
Quenington Court, both the gatehouse with its postern doorway (SP 1482 0397) and the dovecote, (SP 1475 0391) remain in outstanding condition. The grounds of the Court were extensively landscaped in the 17 c and no remains of the moat can now be identified. No trace remains of Cliffords 1958 excavation, and the owner has no knowledge as to the position of the 13 c hall mentioned by Reece. However during renovation around 1971 she recalls stonework being discovered at SP 1480 0389, immediately SW of the house; it seems likely that this represents the site of the hall described by Reece (F1 GB 16-JAN-75). (PastScape)
This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law
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