Ryton-on-Dunsmore Medieval Settlement

Description of this historic site

The probable extent of the medieval settlement at Ryton-on-Dunsmore based on the Ordnance Survey map of 1886, and on aerial photographs.

Notes about this historic site

1 The probable extent of the medieval settlement based on the OS map of 1886, 27NW.
2 Ridge and furrow plotting of the parish.
3 Domesday lists Ryton-on-Dunsmore in Stoneleigh Hundred. The Phillimore edition has a grid ref. Of 3874.
Ref 17,6 (Land of Thorkell of Warwick) in Ryton (on Dunsmore) 3 1/2 hides. Land for 10 ploughs. 23 villagers with a priest and 8 smallholders who have 8 ploughs. | mill at 12s; meadow 12 acres; woodland 1/2 league long and 2 furlongs wide. The value was 100s; now 60s. His father Alwin held it freely before 1066.
4 The 1886 map shows the village built either side of the north/south road, with fairly dense occupation and few empty plots. There is a clear boundary line where the back gardens end, but no boundary hedge. Ridge and furrow survival abuts the back gardens on the eastern side, and in a small area on the west. The church [WA4275] dates from the medieval period, and there are existing records of medieval settlement WA3931, WA4277, WA4293, and of medieval
features WA7128 and WA7951. Domesday indicates a populous and quite valuable village.

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