Grandborough Medieval Settlement

The extent of Medieval settlement at Grandborough | Warwickshire County Council
The extent of Medieval settlement at Grandborough
Warwickshire County Council
Description of this historic site

The possible extent of the Medieval settlement at Grandborough. The area of settlement is suggested by documentary evidence.

Notes about this historic site

1 The possible extent of the Medieval settlement, based on the first edition 6″ map of 1886, 35SW, but not including the possible shrunken area, 5367.
2 There are two listings of Grandborough in Domesday. The Phillimore edition gives a grid ref. of 4966.
Ref 6,2:- (Land of Coventry Church) Grandborough 8 hides and 1 virgate (of land). Land for 17 ploughs. In lordship 2; 27 villagers, 11 smallholders and 4 slaves with 14 ploughs. A mill at 16d; meadow, 32 acres. Value before 1066 £6; later 100s; now £8.
Ref 44,3 (Land of Richard the Forester) Richard holds 2 hides in Grandborough for the King. Land for 4 ploughs. In lordship 2; 3 slaves; 6 villagers and 2 smallholders with 2 ploughs. Meadow, 20 acres. The value was 20s; now 50s. Bondi held it freely.
3 The 1886 map shows lots of empty plots/small fields. The village looks unplanned, with little lanes and enclosed pieces of settlement. The church [WA3031] dates from the C14th. Immediately to the north is the medieval shrunken area [WA5367]. On the first edition map, the site of medieval earthworks [WA7978], there are small fields, and one or two buildings.
4 Archaeological observation of the excavation of foundation trenches for a new dwelling at the former Old Royal George Inn, Grandborough, recorded a pit containing a sherd of 12th/13th century pottery. Two sherds of residual 13th/14th century pottery and part of an undated whetstone were also recovered from a layer on the north-western side of the site.
5 A possible medieval pebble yard surface, well-made and of substantial construction, was recorded during observation on Church Road.
6 Observation of groundworks for a new development on Sawbridge Rd, revealed a sequence of Medieval ditches forming plot boundaries within the Medieval village dating from the 12th/13th to 14th century. Other Medieval features included a probable rubble yard surface, a possible structural slot and a posthole. Some 18th/19th century features were also recorded.
7 Archaological observations of foundation trenches for a new dwelling to the rear of the ‘Shoulder of Mutton’ pub, revealed a single sherd of 12th/13th century pottery. This contrasts with the high level of 12th/13th century activity recovered at the adjacent site east of Sawbridge Road (see 6), and suggests that this site may have alin in the undeveloped rear part of a medieval property.

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