Budbrooke Shrunken Medieval Settlement

Description of this historic site

The site of an area of Medieval shrunken village. The settlement lies in the vicinity of Budbrooke Church. Its remains are visible as earthworks.

Notes about this historic site

1 Church stands virtually alone. The main settlement has moved to the former hamlet of Hampton on the Hill. Neither Rous nor Dugdale mention the depopulation.
2 Poor archaeology (C), excellent evidence for village’s former existence but period of desertion unknown.
3 In the field S of the church are several banks and hollows. Was there a small village on this site?
4 ‘King’s Close’ is locally thought to be the site of the village of Budbrooke which was, according to tradition, deliberately burnt to destroy a plague. No information concerning date of depopulation. 1951: At the S of the field are traces of mill-basins or fishponds (PRN 5438), at the N a ditch (moat, PRN 5439). Between these are one or two vague bumps or depressions. 1961: Fishponds and ?moat described.
5 The field has continued to be ploughed and, although traces of house platforms and hollow ways survive, they are now too low to be surveyed.
6 Photograph.
7 Budbrooke was listed in Domesday in Ferncombe Hundred. The Phillimore edition gives a grid reference of 2565.
Ref 26,1 Ralph of Limesy holds 5 hides from the King. Land for 12 ploughs, In lordship 3 ploughs; 7 slaves; 22 villagers and 13 smallholders with 6 ploughs. A mill at 2s. Meadow, 30 acres; woodland 1 league long and 3 furlongs wide; in Warwick 7 houses which pay 7s a year. The value was and is £8. Earl Edwin held it.
8 Medieval coins found in the area. Grid reference given of SP259653 approx. Method of recovery unrecorded.
9 Two pennies of Henry I found in 1996.
10 Further photographs.

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