Medieval settlement at Cosford

Description of this historic site

The remains of the Medieval shrunken village at Cosford. The settlement was of simple regular form. Cosford is a small parish to the North of Rugby

Notes about this historic site

1 Cosford is a shrunken settlement, there is a single main street fronted by regular plots, some remaining as hedges, others as earthwork boundaries. Despite this regular appearance, metrological analysis has yet to reveal a standard plot width, but the presence of ridge and furrow within some plots suggests that the settlement was originally laid-out, as a whole, over former open fields. Cosford was a chapelry of Newbold parish, from which the small rectangular township of Cosford may have once been carved. It seems possible that Cosford was initially planned as a response to increased demand for new settlement and perhaps accompanied by a fragmentation of Newbold’s open fields. It is possible that the planned settlement is evidence for the possible relocation of population. Perhaps as estates fragmented and parts were granted to new lords, a new impetus was given to the laying out of settlements, along with associated field systems.
2 The planned settlement can be traced on the Ordnance Survey 1st edition map of 1888.
3 Cosford is not listed in Domesday.
4 A short length of stone foundation and a pit, both possibly of medieval origin, were uncovered during an archaeological observation at Grange Farm. A small number of medieval potsherds were also found.

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