Wootton Wawen Medieval Settlement

Description of this historic site

The possible extent of the Medieval settlement at Wootton Wawen as suggested by the Ordnance Survey map of 1886. Evidence for the settlement was also found during an archaeological excavation which recovered a floor dating to the Medieval period.

Notes about this historic site

1 The possible extent of the Medieval settlement, based on the first edition 6″ maps of 1886, 37NE and 31SE, and including the site of the possible castle (4533), and the possible moat at Manor Farm (1616).
2 Pits and dwellings were identified during survey/excavation works in 1963/64 in a 70ft by 100ft plot of land adjacent to St Peters Churchyard. Source details a bit garbled but masonry, a possible plaster floor and late 15th century pottery recovered from a small trial hole (Site A) while limestone roof tiles, a post hole or pit and a timber sleeper slot were interpreted as a series of 13th century Medieval buildings (Site D).
3 Domesday has an entry for Wootton Wawen. It was in Pathlow Hundred, and the Phillimore edition has a grid reference of 1563.
Ref 22,9 in Wootton (Wawen) 7 hides. Land for 9 ploughs. 23 villagers with a priest and 22 smallholders who have 6 ploughs. 2 mills at 11s and 8 sticks of eels; woodland 2 leagues long and 1 wide. Value £4. Waga held it freely.
4 The 1886 maps show settlement to the west and to the south of the L shaped main road. The settlement east of the weir has names that suggest it is Post-Medieval/Imperial. Domesday indicates a populous and valuable village. The church WA1596 dates from the Anglo Saxon period.

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