SK7953 : Queen's Sconce

taken 4 months ago, near to Newark on Trent, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

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Queen's Sconce
Queen's Sconce
Earthworks defining Queen's Sconce
Newark Civil War siege-works

During the English Civil War (1642-1651), Newark’s strategic location at the crossing of the Great North Road, Fosse Way and River Trent earned it the title “Key to the North”. A Royalist garrison arrived in late 1642 and successfully repulsed three major sieges by Parliamentarian forces between 1642 and 1646, remaining in Royalist hands until 1651. An extensive network of defensive earthworks in and around the town survive in recognisable condition as the finest collection of Civil War siege-works in the country.

Queen's Sconce

Known locally as Sconce Hills, this 3-acre structure was built in 1644 by Royalist forces to guard the southern approaches to Newark by the Fosseway, River Trent and River Devon. The huge earth ramparts form a 4-pointed star that would have originally had a wooden palisade with cannon. It was not taken until the town was surrendered by Charles I in 1646.

The Sconce is a scheduled monument, being first listed as early as 1933. The English Heritage scheduling describes it as representing "England's finest remaining example of Civil War military engineering."

The word sconce is derived from the Dutch word 'schans' meaning fort. LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Monday, 22 March, 2021   (more nearby)
Friday, 2 April, 2021
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Defence, Military 
Place (from Tags)
Newark-on-Trent  Queens Sconce 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 7905 5307 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:4.1418N 0:49.3002W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SK 7908 5300
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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Civil War Fortification 

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