Welcombe Deserted Medieval Settlement

Description of this historic site

Documentary evidence suggests that there was a Medieval deserted settlement in the area of the Welcombe Hills. Its exact location is now unknown.

Notes about this historic site

1 Welcombe was enclosed from 1614 onwards, despite a concerted attempt by the local inhabitants to prevent the depopulation. The area to be enclosed was 400-600 acres. It lay to the north of Stratford, probably between the present Clopton Road and the Golf Course including the southern portion of what is now the park of Welcombe House and, on the north east a part of the Dingles. In 1616 William Combe ‘paled and stopped up the common streate leadyng throughe the town of Welcombe’ and was said to have depopulated the whole place.
2 No evidence exists for the exact location of the site.
3 The Golf Course was field walked when it was extended but no evidence for the DMV was found. The site possibly lies beneath the Welcombe Hotel.