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East Halton Moat and Lobingham the DMV

The Medieval Moat at East Halton in Lincolnshire & Lobingham the DMV
There are people out there who are rather keen on what would appear to most to be nothing other than a ditch . . . Oh, and a nice Deserted Medieval Village called Lobingham . . .

I note from the time stamp that this photographs and the draft post were done over 3 years ago, my apologies for the delay - I’m sure many of you out there were pacing about the house wondering when you’d get to see the East Halton Moat . . .

East Halton Moat

East Halton Moat

The village is of a straggling nature and is in North Lincolnshire near The River Humber and much of the village sits on the site of a Deserted Medieval Village called Lobingham.
The moated site seen here is at Manor Farm and has been surveyed by English Heritage and described thus:
“10m wide and 3m deep. An internal bank between 1m and 1.5m high and 5m and 7m wide survives for almost all its circuit. An external bank also survives at the W boundary of the site, 1m high and 5m wide.”

There are still some associated earthworks which give a complicated look to the site, it certainly looks to me a bit more than a simple Moated Manor House.

Lobingham Lincolnshire DMV

East Halton Manorial Site - Lobingham ?

It’s a nice addition to the Old Church We Visited and I wonder whether it’s safe to presume that this was the original Manor House site for Lobingham ?
The house on the current site dates to the 1700s but the cellars and footings pre-date the house !

Hopefully we’ll be able to get some more information on this, if you can add anything at all then please do leave a comment, irrespective of when you come across this article.
All the best


  1. Rod said,

    December 19, 2012 @ 6:44 pm

    Map Update:
    Kindly sent in by Neville


  2. Hamish said,

    December 22, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

    According to Domesday, ’Lobingeham’ was a sizeable settlement - about 28 households. 5 late Saxon lords are recorded (Earl Harold, Alwin, Rolf son of Skjaldjvor, Fulcric, Alcude). Of course there was another set of Norman lords & tenants by 1086. By contrast, ‘Haltune’ barely gets a mention. After Domesday there only seems to be one more documentary mention of the village, as ‘Lopingeham’ in the early 12th century Lindsey Survey.

    A ‘desertion’ as early as this is unusual, so it looks like these 5 landholdings became parts of East Halton and maybe what is now North Killingholme. The site of Lobingham has been linked with the earthworks in the Chase Hill Road area, as mentioned in an earlier East Halton post. There doesn’t seem to be any hard evidence for this, but perhaps St Peter’s church was at the focus of Lobingham ?

    The Manor Farm moat pictured is one of a series of 4 well preserved & scheduled moated sites between East Halton & North Killingholme. I don’t think anyone has traced their histories properly. They would have been dug in the 13th or 14th century, but perhaps they had their origins in those Lobingham holdings ?

    Later on, I think at least one of them had a very grand building, perhaps the one described as a ‘great castle’ by William Stukeley…

  3. Rod said,

    December 23, 2012 @ 9:05 am

    this is wonderful, very interesting and insightful.
    It certainly calls into question the ‘desertion’, I wonder whether is was simply that it got consumed as it were.
    It’s frustrating to have to speculate on som many things in Lincolnshire due to the lack of archaeological work undertaken . . .

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