Information for record number MWA1305:
Poss Site of Church 300m NW of Chapel Bank Cottage, Radbourne

Summary The possible site of the church at Lower Radbourne deserted village dating to the Medieval period. A tithe award map dating to 1845 records a field name to the north of Chapel Bank as being 'Chapel field'. It is located 500m north west of Lower Radbourne Farm.
What Is It?  
Type: Church
Period: Medieval (1066 AD - 1539 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Radbourn
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 43 57
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

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1 The church is recorded before the end of the 12th century as having been given to Henwood Priory, but by 1417 the advowson had been acquired by the Catesbys and attached to the manor. In 1535 it is styled a 'parish church', but the church had probably by then fallen into decay. In 1616 it was definitely called 'the ruined church of Upper Radbourn'.
2 The site can be identified from the 1845 Tithe Award which names two fields to the N of 'Chapel Bank' as 'Chapel field'. The bank lies some distance from the farm and seems to have been the church site.
3 From the position of the surveyed ponds and the perimeter of the former village it would seem that 'Chapel Bank' was probably the church site.
4 A large mound exists where the OS mark 'Chapel Bank'.
6 Scheduling information.
7 A site visit in 1972 found no evidence for a church except for a large ridge.
8 Plan associated with

Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Victoria County History, vol 6, Warwickshire
Author/originator: Salzman L F (ed)
Date: 1951
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: VI
Source No: 4
Source Type: Descriptive Text
Title: The Radbournes
Author/originator: Usher H
Date: Unknown
Page Number:
Source No: 8
Source Type: Plan
Title: Lower Radbourne
Date: 1972
Page Number:
Source No: 6
Source Type: Scheduling record
Title: SAM list
Author/originator: DoE
Date: 1985
Page Number:
Source No: 5
Source Type: Scheduling record
Title: AM7
Author/originator: DoE
Page Number:
Source No: 7
Source Type: Site Visit
Title: Lower Radbourne
Date: 1972
Page Number:
Source No: 2
Source Type: Unpublished document
Title: TBAS vol 66
Author/originator: Beresford M W
Date: 1945
Page Number: 91
Volume/Sheet: 66
Source No: 3
Source Type: Unpublished document
Title: OS Card, 15SE2
Author/originator: Ordnance Survey
Date: 1968
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 15SE2
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source OS Card Ordnance Survey Record Card. Before the 1970s the Ordnance Survey (OS) were responsible for recording archaeological monuments during mapping exercises. This helped the Ordnance Survey to decide which monuments to publish on maps. During these exercises the details of the monuments were written down on record cards. Copies of some of the cards are kept at the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. The responsibility for recording archaeological monuments later passed to the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments. back
source SAM List Scheduled Ancient Monument List. A list or schedule of archaelogical and historic monuments that are considered to be of national importance. The list contains a detailed description of each Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM) and a map showing their location and extent. By being placed on the schedule, SAMs are protected by law from any unauthorised distrubance. The list has been compiled and is maintained by English Heritage. It is updated periodically. back
source TBAS Transactions of the Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society is a journal produced by the society annually. It contains articles about archaeological field work that has taken place in Birmingham and Warwickshire in previous years. Copies of the journal are kept by the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. 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.
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monument VILLAGE * A collection of dwelling-houses and other buildings, usually larger than a hamlet but smaller than a town with a simpler organisation and administration than the latter. back
monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument POND * A body of still water often artificially formed for a specific purpose. Use specifc type where known. back
monument PARISH CHURCH * The foremost church within a parish. back
monument PRIORY * A monastery governed by a prior or prioress. Use with narrow terms of DOUBLE HOUSE, FRIARY, MONASTERY or NUNNERY. back
monument CHURCH * A building used for public Christian worship. Use more specific type where known. back
monument FIELD * An area of land, often enclosed, used for cultivation or the grazing of livestock. back
monument MANOR * An area of land consisting of the lord's demesne and of lands from whose holders he may exact certain fees, etc. back
monument CHAPEL * A freestanding building, or a room or recess serving as a place of Christian worship in a church or other building. 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
monument FARM * A tract of land, often including a farmhouse and ancillary buildings, used for the purpose of cultivation and the rearing of livestock, etc. Use more specific type where known. back

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