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A photo of a narrow raised strip of ground thought to be the only visible remains of the Earls Dyke in the field to the north side of Rock Farm Drive

A narrow raised strip of ground thought to be the only visible remains of the Earls Dyke in the field to the north side of Rock Farm Drive.

The Earls Dyke

The Earls’ Dyke was a man made boundary, constructed early in the 13th century between the Manors of Shepshed and Barrow, which was designed to stop the beasts of the chase (deer etc) from wondering into the adjoining manor.

It is thought to have consisted of a large ditch and adjacent mound surmounted by a paling fence that ran from Snell’s Nook near Loughborough to Green Hill near Coalville.

A large proportion of its length would have been in what is now the Parish of Charley. Unfortunately the passage of time and more recently farming activities have removed any sign of it except possibly a small section near to Rock Farm.

 

 

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