Fenny Compton Medieval Settlement

Description of this historic site

The probable extent of settlement at Fenny Compton during the Medieval period which has been identified on the Ordnance Survey map of 1886.

Notes about this historic site

1 The possible extent of the medieval settlement, based on the first edition OS 6″ map of 1886, 46 SE.
2 The ridge and furrow plotting of the parish.
3 Domesday lists Fenny Compton in Hunsbury Hundred. The Phillimore ed gives a grid ref of 4152.
Ref: 16.57 [Land of the Count of Meulan] in (Fenny) Compton 4 hides and 3 virgates of land. Gilbert holds from him. Land for 6 ploughs. In lordship 2 ploughs; 7 slaves; 8 villagers with a priest and 6 smallholders with 4 ploughs. Meadow 40 acres. The value was 60s; now £4. Aelfric held it freely before 1066.
Ref: 17,58-59.[Land of Hugh of Grandmesnil] Aelmer holds 2 hides in (Fenny) Compton. Land for 2 ploughs. In lordship 1 1/2 ploughs; 4 slaves; 6 villagers and 2 smallholders with 1 1/2 ploughs. Meadow, 16 acres. The value was 20s, now 40s.
Roger holds 3 hides and 1 virgate of land in the same village. Land for 6 ploughs. In lordship 2, with 1 slave. 8 villagers and 4 smallholders with 4 ploughs. Meadow, 34 acres. The value was 40s; now 50s. Ordric, Alwin and Wulfsi held it freely before 1066.
4 The 1886 map shows little lanes and irregular enclosed areas which suggest antiquity and organic growth. Ridge and furrow plotting shows almost complete survival throughout the parish, except for the north and south. It encircles the village, and mostly abuts the settlement. There may have been gardens on the western side between the village and the ridge and furrow:- there seems to be the remains of a boundary hedge on the 1886 map.

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