Information for record number MWA2293:
Migration period burials & grave goods near Halford Bridge

Summary The possible site of an Anglo Saxon cemetery. Several burials, dating to the Migration period, were found. They contained grave goods, including a spearhead and a sword. The burials were situated to the south west of Halford Bridge.
What Is It?  
Type: Cemetery, Findspot, Burial, Inhumation
Period: Migration (410 AD - 800 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Halford
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 25 45
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

Source Number  

2 In November 1790, three skeletons were found lying from N-S, with a bed of limestone above and below, about 0.76m below the surface. The most careful burial of the three contained three weapons: a spearhead, a sword 0.53m long with remains of a wooden handle, and a small weapon with an iron handle. This last object could be part of a shield boss.
3 Two of the skeletons were very imperfect, but the other, c1.86m tall, was deposited with great care and with the weapons. Several other skeletons were said to have been found near the same spot.
4 Noted by Ordnance Survey.
5 Find made by metal detector in 1996: Copper alloy strap end, outer face with traces of gilding and red enamel and evidence of an animal design.
6 Extract from
2 is in FI file which gives some further detail on the circumstances of the find.

Source No: 2
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Gentlemen's Magazine
Date: 1792
Page Number: 985
Source No: 3
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Gazetteer of Early Anglo Saxon Burials
Author/originator: Meaney A
Date: 1964
Page Number: 217
Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Victoria County History, vol 1, Warwickshire
Author/originator: Doubleday H A & Page W (eds)
Date: 1904
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 1
Source No: 5
Source Type: Museum Enquiry Form
Title: WMEF 3536
Author/originator: Philip Wise
Date: 1996
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: E/3536
Source No: 4
Source Type: Record Card/Form
Title: OS Card 24NE4
Author/originator: Ordnance Survey
Date: 1964
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 24NE4
Source No: 6
Source Type: Verbal communication
Title: Pers. Comm. Giles Carey
Author/originator: G Carey
Date: 2009-2014
Page Number:
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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 WMEF Warwickshire Museum Enquiry Form. These are forms that are filled in when a person brings an object to Warwickshire Museum to be identified. Amongst the information recorded on the form are details such as a description of the object, where and when it was found, and in some cases a sketch or photographs of it. Copies of the form can be viewed at the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. back
monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument INHUMATION * An interment of unburnt, articulated human remains. Use specific type where known. back
monument MAGAZINE * A building in which a supply of arms, ammunition and provisions for an army is stored. back
monument FINDSPOT * The approximate location at which stray finds of artefacts were found. Index with object name. back
monument GRAVE * A place of burial. Use more specific type where known. back
monument BRIDGE * A structure of wood, stone, iron, brick or concrete, etc, with one or more intervals under it to span a river or other space. Use specific type where known. back
monument CEMETERY * An area of ground, set apart for the burial of the dead. back
monument BURIAL * An interment of human or animal remains. Use specific type where known. If component use with wider site type. Use FUNERARY SITE for optimum retrieval in searches. back

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