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Hiptoft Hall at Hill Six Acres, Algarkirke

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The enclosure called Hill Six Acres, the site of the Old Manor House of Algarkirk, was also known as Hiptoft Hall, alias Toop's Manor. It was held in the 13th century by the Hiptofts, in the 14th by the Toopes, and from the 15th to the 18th centuries by the Meres. Sir John Meres, last of the line, died in 1736. It is also traditionally the site of the chief mansion of Algar, Earl of Mercia, who died in battle in AD 870. (ref: Pastscape) (ref: Heritage Gateway)

Bolles Connections

1369    Ranulph Bolle of Gosberkirke acquired land at Algerkyrke and Soterton (Sutterton) through an inheritance of his wife’s, (possibly from her father John Pulverton of Swineshead), which they then sold to William Bolle of Gosberkirke in 1369 for 100 silver marks. (CP 25/1/141/132, number 14)

 

1389    Ranulph Bolle of Swynesheved granted 1 messuage, 1 salt-works (salina), 48 acres of land, 41 acres of meadow, 8 acres of pasture and 2 shillings and 4 pence of rent in Swynesheued', Biker, Donyngton', Quadryng', Gosberkirk', Algerkirk', Suterton', Wigtoft' and Surflete to Thomas Fengreyne of Swineshead in exchange for 100 silver marks in 1389; one of the trustees for Thomas was John de Poluertoft' of Algerkirk (possibly Ranulph’s brother-in-law) (CP 25/1/143/147, number 30)

 

1391    William Bolle  An 'Inquisitions ad quod Damnum' (an 'inquisition to what damage') was held to determine whether some proposed act of a private individual, typically a grant of lands to an ecclesiastical institution, would damage any crown interest.

The land in Wigtoft is 28a. of arable and 5 1/2 a. of meadow, held of the honour of Richmond.  The premises to be retained are 'land and tenement(s)', and according to the Calendarium are to remain to William Bolle alone (which makes me wonder whether the other two grantors, Meres and Coliour, may be his feoffees). The Calendarium also says the grant included 'suit of court' in Stevening (modern Steyning, Stenning), which is a little unclear - my guess would be that the messuage and lands in Wigtoft were part of a manor of Stevening and owed suit of court to it.

1396    (20 Richard II)  Katherine late the wife of Ralph Bolle of Swineshead, and John Toup to grant land in Algerkirke to a chaplain at the altar of St. Mary in the church there, the said Katherine retaining land in Swineshead and Algerkirke. Lincoln. It refers to the land in Algerkirke owing suit of court to Hiptoft Hall. (NA C 143/427/15)

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On PastScape

 

HILL SIX ACRES

ALTERNATIVE NAME:     TOOPS MANOR, HIPTOFT HALL

[TF 303 355] The enclosure called Hill Six Acres, the site of the Old Manor House of Algarkirk, was also known as Hiptoft Hall, alias Toop's Manor. It was held in the 13th century by the Hiptofts, in the 14th by the Toopes, and from the 15th to the 18th centuries by the Meres. Sir John Meres, last of the line, died in 1736. It is also traditionally the site of the chief mansion of Algar, Earl of Mercia, who died in battle in AD 870, [see TF 03 NE 12].

A moat enclosed about ten acres. On the south side, where the house

stood, were the brick foundations of a drawbridge. On the north there had been a large building, probably a watchtower. Nearly, in the middle of the pasture, there is a fishpond

 

There are no surface archaeological remains within the indicated area and no building debris was noted. The name "Hill Six Acres" is not known locally.

Published survey (25") revised.

 

Manorial moat levelled and ploughed out in 1965, few visible remains.

 

 

 

On Heritage Gateway

http://www.heritagegateway.org.uk/Gateway/Results_Single.aspx?uid=MLI12504&resourceID=1006

 

Name:  Manor House, Hill Six Acres, Algarkirk

HER Number:     12504

Type of record: Monument

Summary

Manor house, Hill Six Acres, Algarkirk.

Grid Reference:                TF 303 355

Map Sheet:        TF33NW

Parish:  ALGARKIRK, BOSTON, LINCOLNSHIRE

Full description

This record includes the information from HER record 12505 which has been removed from the database.

 

The enclosure called Hill Six Acres which is the site of the Old Manor House of Algarkirk, was also known as Hiptoft/Toops Manor. It was held in the 13th century by the Hiptofts, in the 14th century by the Toopes and from the 15th to 18th century by the Meres. Sir John Meres, last of the line, died in 1736. It is also traditionally the site of the chief mansion of Algar, the Earl of Mercia, who died in battle in 870 AD. A moat enclosed about 10 acres. On the southern side where the house stood, were the brick foundations of a drawbridge. On the north there had been a large building, probably a watchtower. Nearby, in the middle of the pasture, there is a fishpond.

 

Hiptoft Hall/Toops Manor, was identified by P J Dover. However, placenames on his map clearly show that Hiptoft was at TF317349A and not at TF304356.

 

 Monument Types

MANOR HOUSE (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

 


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