Eagle Preceptory

Has been described as a Possible Fortified Manor House, and also as a Possible Fortified Ecclesiastical site

There are earthwork remains

NameEagle Preceptory
Alternative NamesAycle
Historic CountryLincolnshire
Modern AuthorityLincolnshire
1974 AuthorityLincolnshire
Civil ParishEagle And Swinethorpe

In 1449, Robert Botyll, prior of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England, was given a complex grant for markets, fairs, imparking etc his manor of Aycle, which included licence to 'embattle, crenellate, and machiolate the manor'

Hospital for sick and aged members of the order of the Templars established at Eagle during Stephen's reign (1135-54). After the suppression of the order in 1312 the preceptory passed to the Hospitallers; and was dissolved in 1540.(Knowles and Hadcock 1971).

The present 'Eagle Hall' is an 18thC farmhouse but the stone barn at SK86466576 may be a 16thC construction (F1 BHS 27-FEB-64).

The Medieval moat, described by the previous authorities, was visible as earthworks and mapped from poor quality air photographs. It is defined by a broad ditch on three sides, forming an enclosure 310m wide, and is centred at SK 8651 6574. (PastScape)

Gatehouse Comments

This appears to be the site a 'very praty manor place' of the Earl of Rutland described by Leland.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSK865657
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Photograph by Philip Davis. All rights reserved

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  • White, W., 1856, History, Gazetteer and Directory of Lincolnshire p. 345


  • Chandler, John, 1993, John Leland's Itinerary: travels in Tudor England  (Sutton Publishing) p. 282
  • Toulmin-Smith, Lucy (ed), 1907, The itinerary of John Leland in or about the years 1535-1543 (London: Bell and Sons) Vol. 1 p. 98 online copy


  • Coulson, C., 1982, 'Hierarchism in Conventual Crenellation: An Essay in the Sociology and Metaphysics of Medieval Fortification' Medieval Archaeology Vol. 26 p. 69-100 see online copy

Primary Sources

  • Maxwell Lyte, H.C. (ed), 1927, Calendar of Charter Rolls 5 Henry VI - 8 Henry VIII, AD 1427-1516, with an appendix, 1215-1288 Vol. 6. (HMSO) p. 112-3


  • English Heritage, 1994, Scheduling Document 22620 Mp. 22