Information for record number MWA12181:
Banks at Coates Barn in the parish of Long Compton

Summary A group of small mounds located in the fields adjacent to Coates Barn are evident on aerial photographs.
What Is It?  
Type: Pillow Mound, Mound
Period: Medieval - Post-Medieval (1066 AD - 1750 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Long Compton
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 27 32
(Data represented on this map shows the current selected record as a single point, this is for illustrative purposes only and does not represent an accurate or complete representation of archaeological sites or features)
Level of Protection Local

Source Number  

1 7 circular mounds approximately 14m in diameter and a group of linear mounds located in the fields adjacent to Coates Barn were mapped as part of the English Heritage National Mapping Project.
2 One explanation for these features is that they are pillow mounds for managing rabbit farming.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Aerial Photograph
Title: CPE UK 1926 Frame 2176
Author/originator: RAF
Date: 16 Jan 1947
Page Number: Frame 2176
Volume/Sheet: CPE UK 1926
Source No: 2
Source Type: Verbal communication
Title: Pers Com
Author/originator: Laurence Chadd
Date: 2007
Page Number:
There are no images associated with this record.  
back to top


Word or Phrase
technique Aerial Photograph Aerial photographs are taken during an aerial survey, which involves looking at the ground from above. It is usually easier to see cropmarks and earthworks when they are viewed from above. Aerial photographs help archaeologists to record what they see and to identify new sites. There are two kinds of aerial photographs; oblique and vertical. back
period Medieval 1066 AD to 1539 AD (the 11th century AD to the 16th century AD)

The medieval period comes after the Saxon period and before the post medieval period.

The Medieval period begins in 1066 AD.
This was the year that the Normans, led by William the Conqueror (1066 – 1087), invaded England and defeated Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in East Sussex.
The Medieval period includes the first half of the Tudor period (1485 – 1603 AD), when the Tudor family reigned in England and eventually in Scotland too.

The end of the Medieval period is marked by Henry VIII’s (1509 – 1547) order for the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the years running up to 1539 AD. The whole of this period is sometimes called the Middle Ages.
more ->
monument FEATURE * Areas of indeterminate function. back
monument FIELD * An area of land, often enclosed, used for cultivation or the grazing of livestock. back
monument PILLOW MOUND * A pillow-shaped, flat topped rectangular mound often surrounded by a shallow ditch used to farm rabbits. back
monument BARN * A building for the storage and processing of grain crops and for housing straw, farm equipment and occasionally livestock and their fodder. Use more specific type where known. back
monument MOUND * A natural or artificial elevation of earth or stones, such as the earth heaped upon a grave. Use more specific type where known. back

* Copyright of English Heritage (1999)

English Heritage National Monuments Record