An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Huntingdonshire. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1926.
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70. ST. NEOTS, RURAL (C.f.).
(O.S. 6 in. (a)XXV N.E., (b)XXVI S.W.)
St. Neots, Rural, is a parish adjoining that of St. Neots on the E. Monks Hardwick Hall is the principal monument.
b(1). Homestead Moats and tank, at Wintringham Hall, towards the E. side of the parish. The larger moat partly surrounds the house. There is a smaller moat almost square and immediately to the W. of the main enclosure. It is said to be the site of a chapel, of which there are now no remains. In the N.E. angle is a small mound about 2 ft. high. The tank, about 50 yards S. of the smaller moat, is a rectangular structure (10 ft. by 8 ft.) of rubble, faced on the inside with red tiles, laid flat. Pottery found in the tank is said to have been of mediæval character.
a(2). Monks Hardwick, house and moat, about 1 m. N.N.W. of (1). The House is of two storeys, timber-framed and plastered; the roofs are tiled. It was built late in the 16th century and is probably the only surviving wing of a much larger building. There is a modern addition at the S. end. On the W. side is a large projecting chimney-stack with stone dressings and two offsets; the bases of two diagonal shafts remain. Inside the building are original moulded ceiling-beams. The original stone fireplace on the ground-floor has moulded jambs and four-centred head. The original fireplace in the floor above has moulded jambs and square head; it is flanked by fluted Corinthian pilasters, standing on panelled pedestals and supporting an entablature.
The large rectangular Moat surrounds the house. Condition—Of house, poor.