Site of Fishponds to S and E of Chapel Bank Cottage

Description of this historic site

The site of Medieval fishponds, used for the breeding and storage of fish. They would have been associated with the Medieval deserted settlement of Lower Radbourne. They survive as earthworks, and are situated 650m east of Lower Radbourn Farm.

Notes about this historic site

1 Near the farm are artificial ponds (fishponds or millpond?)
2 Only the fishponds of the village survive.
4 1972: the tenant at Chapel Bank Farm mentioned three fishponds around the house. Only two remain, of greatly reduced size, to the S of the house.
5 1976: The fishpond at Lower Radbourne was cleared out; it is to be flooded and linked with two newly-dug ponds to make a wildlife preserve.
6 A number of islands and dumps of earth in the area are the result of earth moving during the reconstruction of the fishponds.
7 Plan associated with 4.
8 Plan showing fishponds.

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