Knightcote Medieval Settlement

Description of this historic site

The probable extent of the Medieval settlement at Knightcote, based on documentary evidence, settlement earthworks and the remains of ridge and furrow cultivation.

Notes about this historic site

1 The possible extent of Medieval settlement, other than the known shrunken settlement (659), based on the first edition 6″ map of 1885, 46NW.
2 The hamlet certainly existed in the fourteenth century, according to the Victoria County History.
3 The ridge and furrow plotting from aerial photographs shows survival that abuts the settlement on all sides.
4 The 1885 map shows a clearly defined village with a continuous boundary hedge on the northern side, bounded by lanes on the eastern side, and by the edge of orchards on the southern side. Small gaps between the ridge and furrow (see 3) and the settlement may represent gardens. The majority of the plots contain buildings.
5Area of village increased to earthworks visble on lidar village. New well preserved earthworks noted in north-west corner and some house plots visible beneath later ridge and furrow on south-east corner.

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