Alderminster Medieval Settlement

Description of this historic site

The possible extent of the Medieval settlement of Alderminster, as suggested by documentary evidence.

Notes about this historic site

1 The possible extent of the Medieval settlement, based on the OS 1st edition 6″ map (50NE 1884). The Shrunken Medieval Settlements PRN 6434 and PRN 6435 have been included.
2 The ridge and furrow plotting for the parish shows extensive survival. However there is none around the vicarage to the east of the church, so this area is included in this record, as there may have been buildings of which no trace remains.
3 The Domesday survey lists Alderminster under Worcestershire. Grid ref: 2348.
Ref:EW5 ( In Pershore Hundred. Land of St Mary’s of Pershore):-
(Alderminster)- on-Stour 20 hides. In lordship 4 ploughs;24 villagers and 8 smallholders with 11 ploughs. 5 slaves; 2
mills at 17s 6d. 1 man-at-arms holds 2 hides; 2 riders. Meadow 20 acres. The value was £12; now £9. This land
pays tax.
4 The 1884 map shows few houses, no clear boundary hedge, no back lanes. However the village has always held a
good position on the road between Stratford on Avon and Shipston on Stour, it is close to the river and to Whitchurch to the west and a possible settlement (PRN1197) to the east. The origins of the church are 12th century, and the name ‘minster’ suggests a mother church. Domesday also indicates a substantial and valuable settlement.
The land to the E of the main road up to the hedge is included in the record, as there is no evidence of ridge and furrow on it, and there may have been buildings of which no trace remains on the ground.

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