Information for record number MWA1592:
Summerhouse mound at Alscot Park

Summary The site of a mound which is possibly the remains of the summerhouse dating to the Post Medieval and Imperial periods. It is marked on the Ordnance Survey map of 1924 and is situated 600m north west of Preston on Stour.
What Is It?  
Type: Summerhouse, Mound
Period: Post-medieval - Industrial (1540 AD - 1764 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Preston on Stour
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 19 50
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

Source Number  

1 Close to Atherstone Hill Farm. 'At the extreme north-west angle of the [Alscot] Park pale is a curious mound, which may be a tumulus ... but it is far more likely to have been a mound of rubbish thrown together as a foundation for a summerhouse'. The mound is oval and is situated on a hill at the end of a low ridge giving a maximum height at its north-west end. It appears to be constructed of gravel and no ditch was evident.
2 Although it is no longer within Alscot Park, the 1884 OS 6' map shows at this date the north-west boundary of the Park extended to just north of the mound.
3 The mound is still visible at SP1950. It appeared to be soft as if it were constructed of rubble. The mound is now overgrown with trees. It is probable that WA1593, rather than this mound is the site of the Alscot Park summerhouse.
4 The summerhouse was one of the garden buildings erected in the early 1750s for James West.
5 OS 1:10560 1924 Sht Warks 50NW also shows the mound.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Walks Around Stratford on Avon
Author/originator: Bloom J H
Date: 1906
Page Number: 14
Source No: 4
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Warwickshire Register Review Report & Recommendations
Author/originator: Lovie, Jonathan
Date: 1997
Page Number:
Source No: 2
Source Type: Map
Title: 50NW 1:10560 1884
Author/originator: Ordnance Survey
Date: 1884
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 50NW
Source No: 5
Source Type: Map
Title: 50NW 1:10560 1924
Author/originator: Ordnance Survey
Date: 1924
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 50NW
Source No: 3
Source Type: Site Visit
Title: SMR Card
Author/originator: SMW
Date: 1980
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: PRN 1729
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source SMR Card Sites and Monuments Record Card. The Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record began to be developed during the 1970s. The details of individual archaeological sites and findspots were written on record cards. These record cards were used until the 1990s, when their details were entered on to a computerised system. The record cards are still kept at the office of 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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period Post Medieval About 1540 AD to 1750 AD (the 16th century AD to the 18th century AD)

The Post Medieval period comes after the medieval period and before the Imperial period.

This period covers the second half of the reign of the Tudors (1485 – 1603), the reign of the Stuarts (1603 – 1702) and the beginning of the reign of the Hannoverians (1714 – 1836).
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period Imperial 1751 AD to 1914 AD (end of the 18th century AD to the beginning of the 20th century AD)

This period comes after the Post Medieval period and before the modern period and starts with beginning of the Industrial Revolution in 1750. It includes the second part of the Hannoverian period (1714 – 1836) and the Victorian period (1837 – 1901). The Imperial period ends with the start of the First World War in 1914.
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monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument PARK * An enclosed piece of land, generally large in area, used for hunting, the cultivation of trees, for grazing sheep and cattle or visual enjoyment. Use more specific type where known. back
monument BOUNDARY * The limit to an area as defined on a map or by a marker of some form, eg. BOUNDARY WALL. Use specific type where known. back
monument INDUSTRIAL * This is the top term for the class. See INDUSTRIAL Class List for narrow terms. back
monument WALK * A place or path for walking in a park or garden. Use more specific type where possible. back
monument PARK PALE * A wooden stake fence, often associated with deer hunting. back
monument DITCH * A long and narrow hollow or trench dug in the ground, often used to carry water though it may be dry for much of the year. back
monument SUMMERHOUSE * A building in a garden or park designed to provide a shady retreat from the heat of the sun. back
monument GARDEN BUILDING * Includes some structures that are not strictly buildings. Use a more specific term where possible. 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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