Carlton-le-Moorland is listed in the Domesday Book as consisting of 29 households, 255 acres (1.0 km2) of meadow, and a church.
St Lazarus Hospital, a leper hospital founded prior to 1180, was sited in Carlton-le-Moorland, and maintained by the Order of Saint Lazarus. It is not known when it closed. According to England and the Crusades, 1095–1588 Nigel of Amundeville gave land at Carlton-le-Moorland to the brethren of the Order of Burton Lazars around 1242, probably because some of his family suffered from the disease. His father, Ralf, had given land in 1180 for the same purpose, as did his brother Elias, whose own daughter was a sufferer.
The Knights Templar and a monastic order owned lands in and around the parish in the Middle Ages. Eventually the Disney family, which had its main branch in Norton Disney, took ownership of estates with the ending of the monastic holdings locally in the 16th century. There are Disney family members buried in the church. There used also to be a manor house opposite the church, in which the Disney family lived before they moved to Sommerton Castle.
About Village Sign Caches
This cache belongs to the Village Sign Series, a series of caches based on ornate signs that depict the heritage, history and culture of the villages that put them up (generally on the village green!).
The signs can be made of different materials from fibreglass to wood, from forged steel to stone. They can depict anything from local industry to historical events. The tradition probably started in Norfolk or Suffolk and has now spread across most of the country so we thought we would base a series on them!
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so we can keep track of the Village Sign numbers and names to avoid duplication.