Radford Semele Medieval Settlement
The possible extent of the medieval settlement based on the Ordnance Survey map of 1887.
1 The possible extent of the medieval settlement based on the OS map of 1887, 33SE.
2 Domesday lists Radford Semele in Stoneleigh Hundred. The Phillimore edition gives a grid ref of SP3464.
Ref 17,56. Ermenfrid holds 5 hides in Radford (Semele). Land for 13 plougha. In lordship 3 ploughs; 8 slaves; 19 villagers and 8 smallholders with 9 ploughs. A mill at 6s 8d; meadow 12 acres. The value was 100s; later 40s; now £6. Edwin held it freely before 1066; Ermenfrid bought it from Ketelbern with (the King’s) permission and holds it as a holding from the King, as the King’s writ testifies.
3 The 1887 map shows settlement some way to the southeast of the church, and mostly built along the road leading south. It lies at the intersection of four roads, and one corner has a lane on the eastern side, creating a triangular area. There are a few small narrow fields on the western side. Neither the aerial photos on the mapdata nor the RAF aerial photo from 1947 identify ridge and furrow. Domesday indicates a large thriving settlement in 1086. There is a known area of shrinkage [MWA1906] southeast of the church, [MWA1900], which has a medieval foundation.