Cold Hanworth mediæval settlement

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Cold Hanworth mediæval settlement is the site of a deserted mediæval village in Lincolnshire, next to the modern village of Cold Hanworth about seven miles north of Lincoln. It is a Scheduled Monument.[1]

History

The village is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086.[2] It was in decline from the mid-14th century. In the 17th century parts had been enclosed for pasture, and by the 18th century it was mostly depopulated.[1]

Earthworks

The remains of the mediæval village are immediately south and east of All Saints Church (a 19th-century building on the site of a mediæval church). The remains of the main street of the village runs south of the church, where there is a modern pond; it curves eastwards for about 160 yards, and turns northwards to the edge of the modern field. The remains of houses and outbuildings survive as rectangular ditched enclosures along both sides of the main street.[1]

Immediately west of the church are further traces of the mediæval settlement, overlain by post-mediæval remains: there are traces here of a north-south street, which was the northern route to the settlement.[1]

To the west and east of the earthworks can be seen the ridge and furrow pattern, of the open-field system of mediæval cultivation, surviving to a height of up to a foot.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 National Heritage List England no. 1016796: Cold Hanworth mediæval settlement and cultivation remains (Scheduled ancient monument entry)
  2. Cold Hanworth in the Domesday Book