Grid reference SK 79630 53819 (point)
Map sheet SK75SE
District Newark
Civil Parish Newark, Newark


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Line of the Med defences of Newark. (1) (2)
A length of approx 100ft of rubble walling varying in height from 4ft to 8ft. The wall forms a boundary between various properties; its inner face (N) is exposed but its S (exterior) face is almost entirely hidden by later buildings. One small exposed area shows the facing stones to be of coarse rubble stone of better quality than the surviving inner face. A modern brick wall rests on top of the Med stonework. (3)
The only portion of the Med defences now extant is a stretch of curtain wall some 43m in length now preserved in Shipside's Garage, Lombard Street. The visible face of the wall is whitewashed and attains a max height of 2.3m being 1.1m thick. It is of stone construction, brick topped, with slate and brick infill. There are no surviving Dark Age features. (4)
A small excavation 20.0m E of Shipside's Garage proved that the wall running through the garage is not part of the town wall and is probably an old property boundary (see 05680). (5)
Starting on the S side of the castle, the wall is presumed to have extended along the W side of Castle Gate, along the N side of Lombard Street, turning along the W side of Carter Gate and the E side of Appleton Gate, turning W to Mount Lane and Slaughterhouse Lane, crossing to the Ossington Coffee Palace and the Castle - enclosing approx 31 acres. (6)
Good piece of ashlar squared stones-length visible (sic). 30m x 2m high surmounted by hand made bricks of C18/C19 date. (7)
See M5677 for town defences, L5680 for nearby exc.

Data Held: Ground Photograph (Ground photograph). SNT2646.

2 colour print, B5/2,3, SMR

<1> Thoroton Society, 1961, TTS, pp 10-18 (Published document). SNT375.

<2> Thoroton Society, 1974, TTS (Published document). SNT387.

<3> OJW, 1968, AM7 (Unpublished document). SNT977.

<4> Colquhoun FD, 1974, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT582.

<5> Thoroton Society, 1977, TTS, pp 41-53 (Published document). SNT390.

<6> EMAB eds, 1977, East Midlands Archaeological Bulletin, pp 51-2 (Published document). SNT162.

<7> Hart CR, 1984, AM107 (Unpublished document). SNT754.

<8> Kinsley G, 1989, Newark's Archaeological Resource, App 1, p 3 (Unpublished document). SNT40.

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  • --- Ground photograph: Data Held: Ground Photograph.
  • <1> Published document: Thoroton Society. 1961. TTS. 65. pp 10-18.
  • <2> Published document: Thoroton Society. 1974. TTS. 78.
  • <3> Unpublished document: OJW. 1968. AM7.
  • <4> Personal comment: Colquhoun FD. 1974. Pers Comm.
  • <5> Published document: Thoroton Society. 1977. TTS. 81. pp 41-53.
  • <6> Published document: EMAB eds. 1977. East Midlands Archaeological Bulletin. 11. pp 51-2.
  • <7> Unpublished document: Hart CR. 1984. AM107.
  • <8> Unpublished document: Kinsley G. 1989. Newark's Archaeological Resource. App 1, p 3.

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Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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