Astley Medieval Settlement

Description of this historic site

The probable extent of the medieval settlement based on the Ordnance Survey first edition map of 1887.

Notes about this historic site

1 The possible extent of the medieval settlement, based on the 1st edition OS maps of 1887, 16NE and 10SE.
2 Domesday listed Astley in Brinklow Hundred. The Phillimore edition has a grid reference of 31,89.
Ref 16,42 (Land of the Count of Meulan) in Astley 1 hide. Godric holds from him. Land for 2 ploughs. In lordship 1 plough; 5 villagers and 3 smallholders with 1 plough. Woodland 1 league long and 1/2 league wide; when exploited value 10s; The value was and is 20s. Alfric held it freely before 1066.
3 The 1887 maps show almost no settlement. There is a central triangular area planted with an orchard which suggests possible population shrinkage, as does the area bounded by two lanes which lies southeast of Holly Bush Farm.

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