Poss Shrunken Medieval Settlement at Wootton Wawen

Description of this historic site

The site of a possible Medieval shrunken village at Wootton Wawen. It is visible as an earthwork and features include house platforms and a hollow way.

Notes about this historic site

1 A hollow way running E-W is crossed by a N-S road. At the SE angle of the two roads is a group of six building platforms. One is much larger than the others and is roughly L-shaped. Opposite these in the SW angle is the former workhouse, which has a 16th century origin. More building platforms may await discovery in the back gardens of houses facing on to the A34. There may have been further houses to the E, just beyond the old course of the river.
2 An early 8th century charter refers to Wootton Wawen lying in the the ‘regione’ of the ‘Stoppingas’.
3 Map showing above mentioned region.

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