Shrunken Settlement at Weethley

Description of this historic site

The site of a Medieval shrunken village at Weethley and traces of ridge and furrow cultivation. The site is visible as an earthwork on aerial photographs and is also known from documentary evidence. It is situated 400m south of Weethley Farm. Lidar evidence shows that many earthworks are extant.

Notes about this historic site

1 The population of Weethley is now less than half of what it was at the beginning of the C19, and inequalities in the soil near the church suggest that there were formerly more houses in the vicinity.
2 VCH and Dugdale suggest depopulation.
36 Earthworks visible on aerial photographs are small enclosures, some containing ridge and furrow, set amid the few houses that comprise the modern village.
4 Aerial photographs.
5 Weethley is listed in Domesday in Ferncombe Hundred. The Phillimore edition has a grid reference of 05,55.
Ref 11,5 (Land of Evesham Church) in Weethley 3 hides. Land for 4 ploughs.

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