Shrunken Post Medieval Settlement at Sawbridge

Description of this historic site

The site of a Post Medieval shrunken settlement. The earthworks show traces of house platforms and a pond, probably for watering stock. It is situated at the Manor Farm at Sawbridge.

Notes about this historic site

1 There were 29 houses at Sawbridge in 1730.
2 Today there are fewer than ten houses and this indicates depopulation after 1730. See PRN 3044 for one possible area of desertion.
3 The site was visited in 1973 and a sketch plan was produced. The site looked like a couple of small crofts with perhaps one fairly definite building platform; ponds shown on the sketch plot were for stock watering and were possibly old clay diggings.
4 Plan.
5 Interpretation of the landscape immediately to the south.
6 Observation of a cable trench to the south of Sawbridge recorded no structural remains. One sherd of 11th/12th-century Stamford ware, a few sherds of 12th/13th-century pottery were located within the field where deserted settlement has been identified.

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