Site of Henley Little Park
The site of Medieval deer park, where deer were kept for hunting. It was situated near Henley in Arden.
1 A park known as ‘Henley Little Park’ surrounded Beaudesert Castle and extended N to Buckley Green. It was mentioned in 1326 and again in 1411. A moor within the park was mentioned in 1444. It was for a long period empaled for deer, but in 1487 its herbage was retained in the King’s hands for the support of his stud. On a survey of 1608 it is clear the 83 ha of Little Park was fenced with spikes and ditches if not technically impaled.
2 It was disparked c1547.
3 Its boundary is marked by modern hedgerows and, on the W, the river. No traces of a Medieval pale are apparent.
4 One of two parks probably occupying the ancient ‘Hay’ at Donnelie which is mentioned in Domesday (this is equated with Beaudesert by Dugdale). Not shown on Saxton’s map.
5 Portable Antiquities Scheme find provenance information:
Date found: 2006-01-01T00:00:00Z
Date found (2): 2006-02-01T00:00:00Z
Methods of discovery: Metal detector