Deserted Post Med Settlement 400m SE of The Asps, Bishops Tachbrook.

Description of this historic site

The site of a deserted settlement dating to the Post Medieval period. It is known from documentary evidence. Encloures and trackways are visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs. The site is located 600m south east of Nursery Wood.

Notes about this historic site

1 Naspis ‘which hath not now above four houses in it, but anciently it was more populous.’
2 Rous names this village as destroyed. I identify this village as ‘The Aspes’, two fields E of the point where the Barford road leaves the Warwick – Banbury main road. The P.N.MS map has ‘Great Township Close’ here. In 1581 (Waller, Deeds, Shire Hall) a Naspis Close was sold.
3 Naspes – depopulated place.
4 Mentioned as a hamlet in 1316. Occurs as Aspes or Naspes as a place name from 1195 onwards. References to common waste and field of Naspes in deeds of the time of Henry VI (1422-61), but it is now only a farm.
5 Site indicated by field names ‘Great and Little Township Close’ on 1843 Tithe Award map. Fields at present under crop – nothing visible.
7 Cropmarks of possible hollow ways, enclosures and linear features show on aerial photographs.
8 Nothing to be seen at all (D). Period of desertion known, but documentary evidence inferior in quantity (1).
9 Portable Antiquities Scheme find provenance information:
Date found: 1999-01-01T00:00:00Z
Methods of discovery: Metal detector
10 Geophysical survey identified a series of enclosures in this location, perhaps indicative of the deserted medieval settlement.

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