Restoring Bolingbroke Castle moat

In 2009 Heritage Lincolnshire and the Friends of Bolingbroke Castle began an exciting project to restore parts of the moat at Bolingbroke castle funded by a WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd) grant and English Heritage.

A Heritage Lottery Fund Your Heritage award also allowed us to run a series of events, surveys and workshops in connection with the restoration work aimed at finding out more about the archaeology and wildlife on the castle site and helping local people to get involved in the project.

We have produced an education and information pack which explains how the restoration work was carried out and what we were able to discover from the surveys. It also suggests ways in which work and activities based on Bolingbroke Castle and the moat restoration project can be used in schools as part of the national curriculum.


An Introduction to Bolingbroke Castle

This section gives a broad overview of Bolingbroke Castle and its history and explains the significance of the castle site today.

2 pages



Bolingbroke Castle – Changes Over Time

This section illustrates how the castle has changed over the course of its history from the medieval period to the present day.

2 pages



An Introduction to the Moat Project

This section explains how the castle moat was gradually being lost, why we decided to reverse its decline and how we raised the money to carry out the work.

3 pages



How was the Moat Restored?

This section explains how the moat restoration work was carried out and the measures that were taken to protect the archaeology and the wildlife of the Bolingbroke Castle site.

2 pages



Looking at the Archaeology

This section explains how we carried out the auger survey to study the archaeology of the moat, and what we were able to find out from the results.

5 pages



Looking at the Wildlife

This section gives information about the wildlife surveys that were carried out as part of the project. It also explains about the great crested newts that live around the Bolingbroke Castle site.

4 pages



Visting Bolingbroke Castle

This section gives you information about planning a school visit to Bolingbroke Castle.

1 page



Educational Approaches

This section includes suggestions for incorporating activities based on the castle and moat restoration project into the school curriculum.

7 pages