Information for record number MWA9577:
Whitnash Medieval Settlement

Summary The possible extent of the medieval settlement of Whitnash based on the Ordnance Survey map of 1887.
What Is It?  
Type: Settlement
Period: Medieval (1066 AD - 1539 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Whitnash
District: Warwick, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 32 63
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

Source Number  

1 The possible extent of the medieval settlement of Whitnash based on the OS maps of 1887, 33SE and 39NE.
2 Whitnash is listed in Domesday in Stoneleigh Hundred. The Phillimore edition gives a grid ref of SP3263. Ref 39,2 Humphrey holds 2 hides in Whitnash. Land for 8 ploughs. In lordship 2; 5 slaves.11 villagers and 8 smallholders with 6 ploughs. Meadow 10 acres. The value was 60s; now 100s.
3 The 1887 maps shows the village strung out along the road north/south, with most buildings either near the church or around South Farm. There seems to be a boundary hedge on the west, and a discontinuous one on the eastern side. Domesday indicates quite a substantial settlement at that date, so the emptier areas in the central part may be the result of shrinkage. The is no ridge and furrow transcription for the parish, but faint survival can be seen in one or two of the narrow fields on the eastern side in an aerial photo. The church [WA1487] had a medieval foundation.
4 Evaluation at St Margaret's church Centre in Brunswick Street recorded only medieval plough soil, implying that this was outside of the area of medieval settlement at Whitnash.

Source No: 3
Source Type: Aerial Photograph
Title: SP36SW
Author/originator: RAF
Date: 1947
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Source No: 2
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Domesday Book Warwickshire incl Birmingham
Author/originator: Phillimore and Co Ltd
Date: 1976
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Source No: 3
Source Type: Desk Top Study
Title: Comments on villages and towns in the Medieval Settlement study.
Author/originator: Hester Hawkes.
Date: 2002/3
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Source No: 4
Source Type: Evaluation Report
Title: Archaeological Evaluation at St Margaret's Church Centre, Brunswick Street, Whitnash, Warwickshire
Author/originator: S C Palmer
Date: 2009
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Source No: 1
Source Type: Map
Title: 1st edition 6" maps. Medieval settlement evaluation.
Author/originator: Ordnance Survey
Date: 1880s
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Source No: 1
Source Type: Map
Title: 39NE 1:10560 1886
Author/originator: Ordnance Survey
Date: 1886
Page Number: 39NE
Volume/Sheet: 39NE
Source No: 1
Source Type: Map
Title: 33SE 1:10560 1887
Author/originator: Ordnance Survey
Date: 1887
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Volume/Sheet: 33SE
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source Domesday Book The Domesday Book was commissioned in December 1085 by William the Conqueror, who invaded England in 1066. It contains records for about 13,000 medieval settlements in the English counties south of the rivers Ribble and Tees (the border with Scotland at the time). The Domesday Book is a detailed record of the lands and their resources that belonged to the king. It also records the identity of the landholders and their tenants. 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 SETTLEMENT * A small concentration of dwellings. 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 RIDGE AND FURROW * A series of long, raised ridges separated by ditches used to prepare the ground for arable cultivation. This was a technique, characteristic of the medieval period. 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 CHURCH * A building used for public Christian worship. Use more specific type where known. back
monument ROAD * A way between different places, used by horses, travellers on foot and vehicles. back
monument FIELD * An area of land, often enclosed, used for cultivation or the grazing of livestock. back
monument HIDE * A shelter, sometimes camouflaged, for the observation of birds and animals at close quarters. back
monument HEDGE * Usually a row of bushes or small trees planted closely together to form a boundary between pieces of land or at the sides of a road. back
monument MEADOW * A piece of grassland, often near a river, permanently covered with grass which is mown for use as hay. 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
monument TOWN * An assemblage of public and private buildings, larger than a village and having more complete and independent local government. back

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