Marlpit 100m NE of Goldby's Farm

Description of this historic site

The site of a marl pit, from which a mixture of clay and carbonate of lime was extracted as fertiliser, used during the Medieval period. It is visible as an earthwork and is situated 600m north east of Astley.

Notes about this historic site

1 This land was called Muddiman’s land in an early undated document and the surname could have been associated with clay working. A marlpit is described in the undated document and can also be recognised on a map of 1664. This marlpit still exists. A surface search among growing crops revealed potsherds near the pit. These ranged from the late 12th century to 13th century. The marlpit may have been used as a source for clay for potting.

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