Shrunken Post Medieval Settlement at Coughton

Description of this historic site

The site of a shrunken village at Coughton dating to the Post Medieval period. The remains of the settlement are visible as earthworks.

Notes about this historic site

1 Abandoned house sites and tofts are revealed by earthworks in the field in front of Coughton Court. Their removal was probably connected with the landscaping of parkland adjoining the court. Again the regular pattern of the tofts betrays the planned nature of the settlement.
2 Plan shows position of abandoned houses dating to c1695 and 1746.
3 No medieval features were recorded during the construction of a cycleway through the village. 18th-19th century pottery and ashy layer (thought to be a result of landscaping) were observed.
4 During trial trenching associated with flood alleviation schemes, a medieval ditch feature was recorded, together with a medieval ploughsoil. It is suggested that the evidence in Trenches H and I relates to the shrunken medieval settlement.

More from Coughton
More from Earthworks