Stretton on Fosse Medieval Settlement
The probable extent of the Medieval settlement of Stretton on Fosse, as suggested by the First Edition Ordnance Survey maps.
1 The probable extent of the Medieval village deduced from the first edition 6″ map of 1886, 53SE.
2 There are two entries for the village in Domesday in Barcheston Hundred. The Phillimore edition gives a grid reference of 22,38.
Ref 33,1 Gilbert son of Thorold holds from the King 6 hides in Stretton (on Fosse), and Wlater from him. Land for 8 ploughs. In lordship 1 1/2 pllughs; 4 slaves. 8 villagers and 3 smallholders with a priest and 1 man-at-arms have 5 ploughs. Meadow 23 acres; pasture 40 perches long and as wide. The value was 70s; now 110s. Kenward and Brictric held it freely.
Ref 37,8 (Land of Osbern son of Richard) Walter holds 2 hides in Stretton (on Fosse). He has 1/2 plough in lordship; 2 villagers with 1 plough. The value was 20s; now 30s. Brictric held it freely.
3 Ridge and furrow plotting of the parish.
4 The first edition map shows a small compact village with curving lanes enclosing and connecting the occupied plots. Almost every spare plot and field is planted with orchards, which seem to cover land which was once occupied. There is extensive ridge and furrow survival in the parish and all around Stretton on Fosse except for the southwest corner.
5 A single sherd of medieval pottery was recovered from the topsoil during a watching brief at Elmdean, Campden Road, Stretton-on-Fosse (SPSP22013845).
6 An archaeological watching brief took place at Toad Hall, Belcony, within the limits of the medieval settlement. Soil was stripped for the footprint of a new extension and part of a patio and foundation trenches for the extension were also excavated. Geological natural was seen over part of the site and this was cut by an undated pit, possibly medieval or early post-medieval in date, a wall foundation, which is probably early post medieval in date and a 20th century pit.