Information for record number MWA1099:
Fishponds 300m N of Oldberrow Court

Summary A series of ponds, possibly fishponds used for the breeding and storing of fish. They probably date to the Imperial period, and are still partially visible as earthworks. They are situated 300m north east of the church at Oldberrow.
What Is It?  
Type: Fishpond
Period: Imperial - Industrial (1751 AD - 1913 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Oldberrow
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 12 66
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

Source Number  

1 A series of ponds and sluices extend along the stream on the Oldberrow-Ullenhall boundary and appear to have been maintained in association with the Barrells estate in Ullenhall. The highest pond (SP1266) has been partly drained in recent years but there are remains of concrete and brick sluices at the outlet with substantial masonry incorporating ?Victorian blue bricks. A second pond remained waterfilled with a substantial weir at the lower end. A third brick and concrete sluice downstream has been removed by the farmer in recent years and a fourth, beyond the Oldberrow-Henley road, almost completely destroyed. The volume of water retained within the ponds must have been considerable and an industrial use seems to be implied, but no records of this have yet been discovered.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Oldberrow Parish Survey
Author/originator: Hooke D
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technique Earthwork Earthworks can take the form of banks, ditches and mounds. They are usually created for a specific purpose. A bank, for example, might be the remains of a boundary between two or more fields. Some earthworks may be all that remains of a collapsed building, for example, the grassed-over remains of building foundations.

In the winter, when the sun is lower in the sky than during the other seasons, earthworks have larger shadows. From the air, archaeologists are able to see the patterns of the earthworks more easily. Earthworks can sometimes be confusing when viewed at ground level, but from above, the general plan is much clearer.

Archaeologists often carry out an aerial survey or an earthwork survey to help them understand the lumps and bumps they can see on the ground.
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 WEIR * A dam constructed on the reaches of a canal or river designed to retain the water and to regulate its flow. back
monument FISHPOND * A pond used for the rearing, breeding, sorting and storing of fish. 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 POND * A body of still water often artificially formed for a specific purpose. Use specifc 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 INDUSTRIAL * This is the top term for the class. See INDUSTRIAL Class List for narrow terms. back
monument SLUICE * A dam which can be raised or lowered to regulate the flow of water. back
monument STREAM * A natural flow or current of water issuing from a source. back
monument EARTHWORK * A bank or mound of earth used as a rampart or fortification. back

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