Wixford Medieval Settlement

Description of this historic site

The possible extent of the Medieval settlement at Wixford. The extent of the settlement is suggested by the Ordnance Survey map of 1886 and ridge and furrow earthworks visible on aerial photographs.

Notes about this historic site

1 The possible extent of Medieval settlement, based on the first edition 6″ map of 1886, 43NW.
2 The ridge and furrow plotting of the parish.
3 Domesday lists Wixford. It was in Ferncombe Hundred, and the Phillimore edition has a grid reference of 0954.
Ref 11,1 Evesham Abbey holds 5 hides in Wixford. Land for 6 ploughs. In lordship 2; 3 male and 2 female slaves; 4 villagers and 6 smallholders with 2 ploughs. A mill at 10s and 20 sticks of eels; meadow 24 acres; woodland 1 furlong long and 1/2 wide. Value before 1066, 40s; later 30s; now 50s. Wigot held this land before 1066.
4 The 1886 map shows a tiny hamlet along the road east of the bridge, and a separate centre at the church site where there is just one plot south of the churchyard, and three plots and 2 orchards to the east. Ridge and furrow survives between these two areas of settlement, so they must have been separate in the Medieval period. The church lies on the line of Icknield Street; perhaps on the site of a Roman Temple? Domesay indicates a moderately valuable village, so there may have been a larger area of occupation.

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