Kites Hardwick Shrunken Medieval Settlement

Description of this historic site

The Medieval shrunken village of Kites Hardwick. The village is known from documentary evidence and some features are visible as earthworks. The site is located to the south of Kites Hardwick.

Notes about this historic site

1 Rous’ list has a Kyght Herdwyck. Sites with this name exist in both Tysoe and Leamington Hastings. Beresford considered that Rous’ site was probably the Tysoe settlement.
2 In the Lay Subsidy Roll of 1332 Herdewyk appears with a taxable population of nine, possibly indicating a total population of about 80.
3 The site was surveyed in 1973 and enclosures and possible hollow ways were evident.
4 Site visit 15/01/92 in connection with planning application for new access and road. The owner recalled that part of the site had been excavated by an ‘archaeological society’ (?Southam Local History Group) in the 1970s, but that nothing of significance had been discovered.
5 Letter about the site.
6 Letter from 1973.
7 Record card with notes on the site.

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