Mystery of the disappearing manor solved

Once upon a time, a medieval manor house graced the countryside of Leicestershire, then it disappeared. Today the land is a sheep pasture, at least until archaeologists reveal what lies beneath the field.

Archaeologists are now excavating the site, near Croxton Kerrial, which was known to have a 12th century manor house, but it dropped off the books by the 16th century. So far, workers have exposed the great hall and the garderobe, with the kitchen as the next project. "A lot of people in the village had heard about it but nobody knew where it was," said Tony Connolly is the chairman of the Framland Local Archaeology Group.