Marlcliff Medieval Settlement

Description of this historic site

The possible extent of Medieval settlement at Marlcliff as suggested by the Ordnance Survey map of 1886. It is possible the whole settlement dates from the Post Medieval period and not the Medieval.

Notes about this historic site

1 The possible extent of Medieval settlement, based on the first edition 6″ map of 1884, 49NW, and the second edition 6″ map of 1886, 43SW, and the ridge and furrow plotting for the parish. The evidence is rather inconclusive; it is possible that the village is Post Medieval.
2 The ridge and furrow plotting for the parish of Bidford on Avon.
3 It appears as ‘Marcleve’ on the Dugdale map of 1787.
4The maps show a small compact settlement and some orchards. There seems to be a discontinuous boundary hedge round the hamlet;- to the east it extends round a field which shows some ridge and furrow survival on the plotting. There is no entry for Marlcliff in Domesday, no church and no entry in the VCH. However almost every period seems to have settled nearby (see other SMR records 5101, 4946, 5687, 5692, 5691), so perhaps there was a hamlet here in the medieval period.
5 Marlcliff appears in an 11th century boundary charter.

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