Information for record number MWA1331:
Site of Manor House at Milcote (Milcote Castle)

Summary The site of a Post Medieval manor house which may have been destroyed in the Civil War. It is located 1km south east of Luddington. The footings are visible on lidar.
What Is It?  
Type: Manor House, House
Period: Post-medieval (1540 AD - 1750 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Milcote
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 17 51
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

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1 1567: Ludovic Grevell obtained Royal Licence to build and embattle a new house at Milcote and call it Mountgrevell. This he began but never completed. The ruins were still standing in 1730. It is not quite clear whether it was this or the Old Manor House (PRN 1340) that was burnt by Parliamentary troops in 1644.
2 The wife of the farmer of Milcote Hall, said that about 1943 foundations were ploughed up in the proximity of the published site. There is nothing to be seen there now, the field being arable and under crop.
3 Material collected in the late 1950s included quantities of Post Medieval/Imperial pottery, glass, tile and a fragment of iron.
4 A burnt area under plough presumably indicates that this was the building burnt by Parliamentary troops.
6 An order dated 4th December 1644 was signed by the Coventry Committee, headed by William Purefoy, to blow up the roof of Milcote house with 3 barrels of powder so as to make it unfit for use as a Royalist garrison. This was partly as a reaction to The Royalists garrisoning Campden house in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire and also Lark Stoke manor, near Ilmington, Warwickshire. At midday on Thursday the 5th December 1644, 200 horses, under the command of Major Joseph Hawkesworth (later governor of Warwick Castle), arrived at Milcote house. The Earl of Middlesex’s steward was the only man living at the house and was given a mere 2 hours to remove what he could before the house was fired in 3 or 4 places. Troops then stayed until dark to make sure the house burned. Most of its fittings and contents went with it.
7 Lidar images show the platform of the main house survives in the north-west corner of the HER mounment area, despite ploughing (B Gethin pers. Comm.). It is approximately rectangular being 110m NE-SW and 80m NW-SE.
8 Mount Grevill in Milcote was granted a license to crenellate.

Source No: 8
Source Type: Article in serial
Title: Symbols of Status in Medieval Warwickshire (1000-1500)
Author/originator: Hook D
Date: 2014
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 117
Source No: 5
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Edgehill and Beyond, The People's War in the South Midlands
Author/originator: P Tennant
Date: 1992
Page Number:
Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Victoria County History, vol 5, Warwickshire
Author/originator: Salzman L F (ed)
Date: 1965
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 5
Source No: 7
Source Type: LIDAR
Title: Geomatics Group online LiDAR data search
Author/originator: Geomatics Group
Date: 2011
Page Number:
Source No: 3
Source Type: Record Card/Form
Title: WM
Author/originator: WM
Page Number: A198
Volume/Sheet: Catalogue
Source No: 2
Source Type: Record Card/Form
Title: OS Card 25NE6
Author/originator: Ordnance Survey
Date: 1968
Page Number:
Source No: 6
Source Type: Unpublished document
Title: Information on Civil War Sites
Author/originator: B Gethin
Date: 2009
Page Number:
Source No: 4
Source Type: Unpublished document
Title: Milcote
Author/originator: Dyer C
Date: 1986
Page Number:
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source OS Card Ordnance Survey Record Card. Before the 1970s the Ordnance Survey (OS) were responsible for recording archaeological monuments during mapping exercises. This helped the Ordnance Survey to decide which monuments to publish on maps. During these exercises the details of the monuments were written down on record cards. Copies of some of the cards are kept at the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. The responsibility for recording archaeological monuments later passed to the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments. back
source WM Warwickshire Museum Aerial Photograph Collection. A collection of oblique and vertical aerial photographs and taken by various organisations and individuals, including the Royal Airforce, The Potato Board, Warwickshire Museum. The collection is held at the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. back
period Medieval 1066 AD to 1539 AD (the 11th century AD to the 16th century AD)

The medieval period comes after the Saxon period and before the post medieval period.

The Medieval period begins in 1066 AD.
This was the year that the Normans, led by William the Conqueror (1066 – 1087), invaded England and defeated Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in East Sussex.
The Medieval period includes the first half of the Tudor period (1485 – 1603 AD), when the Tudor family reigned in England and eventually in Scotland too.

The end of the Medieval period is marked by Henry VIII’s (1509 – 1547) order for the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the years running up to 1539 AD. The whole of this period is sometimes called the Middle Ages.
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period Post Medieval About 1540 AD to 1750 AD (the 16th century AD to the 18th century AD)

The Post Medieval period comes after the medieval period and before the Imperial period.

This period covers the second half of the reign of the Tudors (1485 – 1603), the reign of the Stuarts (1603 – 1702) and the beginning of the reign of the Hannoverians (1714 – 1836).
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period Imperial 1751 AD to 1914 AD (end of the 18th century AD to the beginning of the 20th century AD)

This period comes after the Post Medieval period and before the modern period and starts with beginning of the Industrial Revolution in 1750. It includes the second part of the Hannoverian period (1714 – 1836) and the Victorian period (1837 – 1901). The Imperial period ends with the start of the First World War in 1914.
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monument CIVIL * This is the top term for the class. See CIVIL Class List for narrow terms. back
monument HOUSE * A building for human habitation, especially a dwelling place. Use more specific type where known. back
monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument BUILDING * A structure with a roof to provide shelter from the weather for occupants or contents. Use specific type where known. back
monument MANOR HOUSE * The principal house of a manor or village. back
monument CASTLE * A fortress and dwelling, usually medieval in origin, and often consisting of a keep, curtain wall and towers etc. back
monument FIELD * An area of land, often enclosed, used for cultivation or the grazing of livestock. back
monument PLATFORM * Unspecified. Use specific type where known. back
monument MANOR * An area of land consisting of the lord's demesne and of lands from whose holders he may exact certain fees, etc. back

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