Ingarsby Old Hall

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House

There are earthwork remains

NameIngarsby Old Hall
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Historic CountryLeicestershire
Modern AuthorityLeicestershire
1974 AuthorityLeicestershire
Civil ParishHungarton

Late C15 country house incorporating a moated manor house which was granted to Leicester Abbey as a grange in 1352. The house was altered in 1706 and in C19 and C20. Built of ashlar with plinth of coursed rubble stone in part. The roof is of Swithland slate with brick end stacks and of Welsh slate to the rear of the building. (PastScape-listed building description)

The north, west and southern arms of a moat defining an area of approximately 150m square. The moat has an outer bank up to 1.5m high and is an average of 8-10m wide and 2m deep with the exception of a section of the northern arm which is up to 20m wide and 3m deep. Enclosed by the moat are some surviving grange buildings incorporated into Ingarsby Old Hall which is excluded from the scheduling. Earthworks on the eastern side of the moat show an extension of the northern arm and outer bank of the moat for 50m which then turns south, at which point a large outer mound adjoins the corner. The southward ditch continued but ceased to function as a moat but became stock enclosures. Some 50m to the east is an outer boundary bank running north-south. To the south-west of the moat is a large millpond lying alongside the stream and measuring 200m x 80m formed by damming the valley with a bank up to 2m high and building a bank alongside the stream and scarping on the eastern side of the pond. The manor of the Daungervills was granted to Leicester Abbey in 1352 with the remainder purchased by the mid C15. The millpond was constructed at the time of the original grant. (PastScape-scheduling report)

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

This is a Grade 2* listed building protected by law

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OS Map Grid ReferenceSK684053
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