Information for record number MWA9209:
Combe Abbey House

Summary Site of a country house once occupied by the Heningtons of Exton. The Site lies in Combe Abbey Country Park.
What Is It?  
Type: Country House, House
Period: Post-medieval (1540 AD - 1750 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Combe Fields
District: Rugby, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 40 79
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record
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Source Number  

1 Stands on the site of a Cistercian monastery founded in 1150. 1581 The Heningtons of Exton took up residence and were responsible for converting the original house into a substantial country house.
2 Results of a major programme of building recording and analysis carried out in 1993-94 during the conversion of Coombe Abbey.(see also 3 & 4)
4 building recording and analysis of nine centuries of Combe Abbey by Iain Soden. A detailed phasing with supporting documentary and map evidence was carried out. A record of any architectural or decorative features was compiled in addition to a list of artefacts recovered from each of the rooms prior to the conversion into a Hotel.

Source No: 2
Source Type: Article in serial
Title: Post-Medieval Archaeology: Building Analysis at Coombe Abbey, Warwickshire, 1993-94
Author/originator: I Soden, T Baker, K Deighton and T Hylton
Date: 2006
Page Number: 129-159
Volume/Sheet: 40:1
Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Warwickshire Country Houses
Author/originator: Tyack G
Date: 1994
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Source No: 3
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Buildings Recording Archive Addenda and Re-presentation of... excavations at Combe Abbey 1991-1998
Author/originator: Northamptonshire Archaeology
Date: 2002
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Source No: 4
Source Type: Building Survey
Title: Hearth and Home: The archaeology of Combe Abbey, Warwickshire. 1991-1998
Author/originator: Soden I
Date: 1998
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: Part 1
Coombe Abbey near Rugby
Copyright: Warwickshire County Council
Date: 2002
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An excavation of Combe Abbey kitchens
Copyright: Warwickshire County Council
Date: 2002
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A view of the east side of Combe Abbey, Combe Fields
Copyright: Warwickshire County Council
Date: 1920s
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technique excavation Archaeologists excavate sites so that they can find information and recover archaeological materials before they are destroyed by erosion, construction or changes in land-use.

Depending on how complicated and widespread the archaeological deposits are, excavation can be done by hand or with heavy machinery. Archaeologists may excavate a site in a number of ways; either by open area excavation, by digging a test pit or a trial trench.
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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 COUNTRY HOUSE * The rural residence of a country gentleman. back
monument HOTEL * A large building used for the accommodation of paying travellers and guests. back
monument HOUSE * A building for human habitation, especially a dwelling place. Use more specific type where known. back
monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument BUILDING * A structure with a roof to provide shelter from the weather for occupants or contents. Use specific type where known. back
monument FEATURE * Areas of indeterminate function. back
monument ABBEY * A religious house governed by an abbot or abbess. Use with narrow terms of DOUBLE HOUSE, MONASTERY or NUNNERY. back
monument HEARTH * The slab or place on which a fire is made. back
monument CISTERCIAN MONASTERY * An abbey or priory of Cistercian monks. back
monument COUNTRY PARK * An area of managed countryside designated for visitors to enjoy recreations, such as walking specified parks and trails, in a rural environment. Often provides public facilities such as parking, toilets, cafes and visitor information. back

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