Atherstone on Stour Medieval Settlement
The possible extent of the Medieval settlement of Atherstone on Stour. The area of settlement is suggested by the Ordnance Survey map of 1886 and archaeological records.
1 The possible extent of the Medieval settlement, based on the first edition 6″ map, 44SW 1887.
2 Market Charter for Tuesdays granted 28 october 1246 by King Henry III to A and M of Bec Herlouin
Fair Charter granted vfm, Nativity of the Virgin (8 Sept); granted 28 October 1246 by King Henry III to A and M of Bec Herlouin
3 In the Domesday Hundred under Tremlow Hundred. Grid ref: 2050. Ref 5,2:-
The Bishop (of Bayeux) also holds in Atherstone (on Stour) 4 hides. Land for 7 ploughs. In lordship 2. 4 villagers with a priest, 4 smallholders and 4 slaves have 3 ploughs. 1 mill at 10s and 10 sticks of eels. Meadow, 3 acres. Value before 1066 and now £4.
4 There was a Medieval church before it was rebuilt in 1876. Domesday indicates a modest settlement, but the 1887 map shows very few houses, lying both sides of the Stour, and no clues to shrinkage in the form of small fields. Perhaps some settlement disappeared in the enparkment of Alscot.