Great Alne Medieval Settlement

Description of this historic site

The possible extent of the Medieval settlement of Great Alne, which 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, 37SE, with additional reference to Greenwood’s map of 1822.
2 The village is listed in Domesday in Ferncombe Hundred. Grid ref 1259 in the Phillimore edition.
Ref 10,1:- Winchcombe Abbey holds 6 hides in (Great) Alne. Land for 6 ploughs. In lordship 1 plough; 3 slaves. 11 villagers with 4 smallholders have 5 ploughs. A mill at 5s; woodland 1/2 league long and 4 furlongs wide. The value was £3; now £4.
3 The 1886 map shows a dispersed village with relatively few buildings and lots of small empty/orcharded fields, which may be evidence of shrunken settlement. Greenwood 1822 shows quite a lot of housing and an unidentified road to the northwest, leading west. The parish has not yet been plotted for ridge and furrow, but fields to the south of the village suggest ridge and furrow, and run down to a possible boundary line, just to the north of the railway line. Fields to the northwest also look like ridge and furrow survival. The church [WA1569] has a medieval foundation.
4The area of settlement was altered to reflect HER lidar layer. This shows a lot more house plots to the south of the main street and suggests house platforms along the street frontage, where not yet built on.

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