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Alkborough, Julian's Bower
Alkborough, Julian's Bower
Alkborough, Julian's Bower

The turf maze known as Julian's Bower lies on the edge of the escarpment at Alkborough, about 7 miles north of Scunthorpe (grid reference SE880217).

Its origin is unknown, the earliest reference being by local antiquary Abraham de la Pryme in 1697.

Beyond the maze the photo shows the flooded Alkborough Flats and Trent Falls, where the rivers Trent and Ouse merge to form the Humber.

See Pevsner: The Buildings of England - Lincolnshire. Also De la Pryme diary online via www.archive.org, which says that the maze was called 'Troy Town'.

Frank Robinson, 2011 

Alkborough, maze, Abraham de la Pryme, Tent Falls, Troy Town,
Beesby, ridge and furrow
Beesby, ridge and furrow
Beesby, ridge and furrow

Snow emphasises the pattern of ridge and furrow near the site of Beesby deserted medieval village (2 miles south-west of North Thoresby, at TF 267 967).

Frank Robinson, March 2013

Beesby, ridge and furrow
Honington, Iron Age Hill Fort
Honington, Iron Age Hill Fort
Honington, Iron Age Hill Fort

This Iron Age hill fort consists of a rectangular double ditched enclosure (116m by 130 m) and lies on the Heath above Honington.

The photo shows the banks close to the north-east corner, and the extensive view to the east.

Frank Robinson, February 2014

Honington, Iron Age Hill Fort
Langton by Spilsby, sheep walks
Langton by Spilsby, sheep walks
Langton by Spilsby, sheep walks

These steep slopes near Langton are extensively terraced and have served as sheep walks in modern times.

These features are said to be strip lynchets of medieval origin - though popular legend claims they were ‘Roman vineyards’!

Frank Robinson, February 2013

Langton By Spilsby, strip lynchet, sheep walk
North Ormsby, medieval village
North Ormsby, medieval village
North Ormsby, medieval village

The earthworks of the medieval village extend for 500m on the south side of a shallow valley, between the present village to the east and the site of a medieval priory to the west.

Seen here are some of the rectangular enclosures between the stream and a hollow way.

Frank Robinson, December 2014

North Ormsby, deserted medieval village
North Ormsby, medieval village
North Ormsby, medieval village
North Ormsby, medieval village

Earthworks and trackways near the site of the medieval priory of North Ormsby.

Frank Robinson, December 2014

North Ormsby, deserted medieval village