Southam Holt

Description of this historic site

The possible site of a wood dating to the Medieval period. It has been plotted using all the 'holt' placenames and is comparable in size to the Domesday entry of Southam wood. It is located in the parishes of Southam, Ladbroke and Napton.

Notes about this historic site

1 If all the Holt and Breach field names are plotted on the map, the Holt is seen to have covered an area about two miles long and three quarters of a mile wide, in the parishes of Southam, Ladbroke and Napton-on-the-Hill. This size is similar to the Domesday woodland in Southam of one league long by half a league wide, and it may be assumed to be the same. In Domesday the wood is said to be ‘in the King’s hand’ and was presumably a royal forest. Various documentary references occur and by 1262 it appears to have been no longer a royal forest.
2 Plan of holt.

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