Information for record number MWA376:
A Decoy Pond in Maxstoke Park

Summary A decoy pond, a pond with arms that were covered with nets into which wild birds were allured. It is situated on the edge of Maxstoke Park, 250m south east of Maxtoke Castle.
What Is It?  
Type: Decoy Pond
Period: Imperial - Industrial (1751 AD - 1913 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Maxstoke
District: North Warwickshire, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 22 88
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
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1 Rectangular pond with an extension to the E.
2 Near to the edge of Maxstoke Park is a small moat, still containing water.
3 This is actually a decoy pond. Probably C18 or C19 in date.
4 On map of 1806
5 Are decoy ponds normally this shape? Thought they were normally shaped like a four armed 'star' with funnel shaped arms. Looks awfully like moat?

Source No: 2
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Victoria County History, vol 4, Warwickshire
Author/originator: Salzman L F (ed)
Date: 1947
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Volume/Sheet: 4
Source No: 4
Source Type: Map
Title: Plan of the estate belonging to Dilke Esq situated in the Parishes of Maxstoke and Coleshill
Author/originator: Kent, Pearce and Kent
Date: 1806
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Source No: 1
Source Type: Map
Title: 16SE 1:10560 1890
Author/originator: Ordnance Survey
Date: 1890
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 16SE
Source No: 3
Source Type: Record Card/Form
Title: OS Card 29NE1
Author/originator: Ordnance Survey
Date: 1967
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 29NE1
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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
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 DECOY POND * A pond or pool with arms covered with nets into which wild birds, are lured and then caught. Monument type includes water feeder channels. 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 POND * A body of still water often artificially formed for a specific purpose. Use specifc type where known. back
monument MOAT * A wide ditch surrounding a building, usually filled with water. Use for moated sites, not defensive moats. Use with relevant site type where known, eg. MANOR HOUSE, GARDEN, etc. back
monument INDUSTRIAL * This is the top term for the class. See INDUSTRIAL Class List for narrow terms. back
monument CASTLE * A fortress and dwelling, usually medieval in origin, and often consisting of a keep, curtain wall and towers etc. back

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