Fishponds 200m SE of Old Town Farm

Description of this historic site

A series of fishponds, used for the breeding and storage of fish. They date to the Medieval/Post Medieval period. They survive as earthworks, and are situated 200m south east of Old Town Farm, Bishop's Itchington.

Notes about this historic site

1 A series of fishponds either side of the stream that runs through the deserted Medieval settlement. The field name, ‘The Pools’ also suggests the existence of fishponds. Four can be seen. The lowest is centred at SP3955; the artificial banking surrounds what once must have been a pool of very large scale. At the time of the site visit the pool was largely flooded, but usually the area is dry and used for pasture. Further N a second fishpond is centred around SP3956 and the present owner has built two fishponds on the site. To the NE a third fishpond is centred at SP3956; the area is silted up but wet. At the NE end is a large artificial dam. Beyond the dam is a fourth fishpond at SP3956, silted up and dry.
2 There are many fishponds in or near to the village site, mainly to the E of the site, near to the stream.
3 Extension to monument extent after site visit 13/02/2010 to include third fish pool.