Heathcote Deserted Medieval Settlement

Description of this historic site

The site of the deserted settlement of Heathcote dating to the Medieval period. It is known from documentary evidence and was located 1.5km north of the modern hamlet of Newbold Pacey.

Notes about this historic site

1 Dugdale was not certain whether this had been a village. In his time it was a farm only. In 1545 only pasture was recorded, but there were five entries in the lay subsidy. Air photographs show some ill-defined earthworks, and certainly a suspicious number of tracks converge here.
2 Poor archaeology (C), excellent documentary evidence (1*).
3 No evidence of desertion at the published site either on the ground or on air photographs.
4 The field indicated by Beresford is now under plough and was walked, but produced no finds of Medieval character. There can be little doubt, however, that at least a hamlet once stood at Heathecote.

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