Post Medieval Shrunken Settlement at Moreton Morrel

Description of this historic site

The site of the Post Medieval shrunken village of Moreton Morrell. The remains of the settlement are visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs. They are located to the east of Little Morrell.

Notes about this historic site

1 Rous’ list is confusing. He lists Merton, Merhul and Salemorton, but Salemorton is another name for Moreton. The hamlet called Morton (Moreton) Morrell and the air photographs show that it was once, in fact, more extensive to its E and N.
2 No earthworks indicative of desertion can be seen, much of the land being arable, but in the field centred at SP3156 are extensive old quarries.
4 An aerial photograph of the field E of Grange Farm shows a series of square enclosures flanking on an E-W trackway, originally interpreted as Medieval buildings bearing some relationship to the deserted village of Little Morrell. Field work and consultation with local inhabitants indicates that these marks were made by sub-surface stone walls and paving of 18th-19th century date. A gentleman at Brookside said that his grandparents recalled farm buildings at the site.
5 Field Survey Form.

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