Shrunken Post Medieval Settlement at Hurst

Description of this historic site

The possible site of the Post Medieval shrunken village of Hurst. It is situated to the east of Broadwells Wood.

Notes about this historic site

1 In 1154, when monks were settled at Cryfield Grange (PRN 2852-3) the village was moved to Hurst. Hurst was anciently a village consisting of nineteen houses, of which by the start of Henry VII’s reign there is now no more than one left. There are here fourteen houses.
2 Poor archaeology (C), small quantities of documentary evidence and period of desertion not known.
3 A map of 1597 shows a number of houses in the area around South Hurst farm.
4 A map of 1766 shows at least seven houses in the same area.
5 The exact location of Hurst is not known as there may have been two related villages at Upper Hurst.
6 Coin weight Louis d’Or (gold coin) of Louis XIV found nearby.

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