Information for record number MWA4471:
Deserted P Med Settlement 200m SW of Broomfield Far

Summary The possible site of a deserted settlement dating from the Post Medieval period. The site lies 200m west of Chapel Farm.
What Is It?  
Type: Deserted Settlement, Hollow Way, House Platform
Period: Post-medieval (1540 AD - 1750 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Bentley
District: North Warwickshire, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 27 94
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

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1 It is reported that this Deserted Medieval Village which was discovered and planned in 1967 was levelled and ploughed in 1968.
2 The plan shows a number of possible holloways, house platforms and drainage channels and the location of the remains of Holy Trinity chapel within the settlement.
3 A drawing of the ruined chapel in c1820 shows a house in the background, which indicates that this area of the settlement was still occupied at this time.
4 Post-Medieval part of PRN 146, otherwise information exactly the same.
5 Drawings made by students of the Geography Department of University of Birmingham, showing ditches and banks near the chapel, with a possible interpretation of them. Some of these features were destroyed by road construction in 1969 or filled in by the farmer. Shows hollow ways, possible house sites and ponds and boundary bank.
6 Updated and finalised plan from
5. Also copy of Map of Lord Leigh's Estate at Bentley, showing chapel.
7 Copy of tithe map showing chapel.
8 Some of the authorities above
5 -
7 may be the same as authorities
1 and
2. These cannot be located at the present time.

Source No: 5
Source Type: Map
Title: Bentley - Interpretation of Chapel Farm Earthworks
Author/originator: Birmingham University Department of Geography
Date: 1969
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Source No: 6
Source Type: Map
Title: Plan of Earthworks at Chapel Farm, Bentley
Author/originator: C J Bond
Date: 1968
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Source No: 7
Source Type: Map
Title: Tithe Map of Bentley
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Source No: 4
Source Type: Unpublished document
Title: Unpublished document
Author/originator: Haughton B
Date: 1997
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Source No: 8
Source Type: Verbal communication
Title: Pers. Comm. Giles Carey
Author/originator: G Carey
Date: 2009-2014
Page Number:
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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 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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period Post Medieval About 1540 AD to 1750 AD (the 16th century AD to the 18th century AD)

The Post Medieval period comes after the medieval period and before the Imperial period.

This period covers the second half of the reign of the Tudors (1485 – 1603), the reign of the Stuarts (1603 – 1702) and the beginning of the reign of the Hannoverians (1714 – 1836).
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monument UNIVERSITY * A group of colleges and associated buildings belonging to a university. back
monument HOUSE * A building for human habitation, especially a dwelling place. Use more specific type where known. back
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 SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument SETTLEMENT * A small concentration of dwellings. back
monument BOUNDARY BANK * An earthen bank that indicates the limit of an area or a piece of land. back
monument FEATURE * Areas of indeterminate function. back
monument POND * A body of still water often artificially formed for a specific purpose. Use specifc type where known. back
monument ROAD * A way between different places, used by horses, travellers on foot and vehicles. back
monument DESERTED SETTLEMENT * An abandoned settlement, usually of the Medieval period, often visible only as earthworks or on aerial photographs. back
monument DITCH * A long and narrow hollow or trench dug in the ground, often used to carry water though it may be dry for much of the year. back
monument CHAPEL * A freestanding building, or a room or recess serving as a place of Christian worship in a church or other building. Use more specific type where known. back
monument HOUSE PLATFORM * An area of ground on which a house is built. A platform is often the sole surviving evidence for a house. 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 EARTHWORK * A bank or mound of earth used as a rampart or fortification. back
monument HOLLOW WAY * A way, path or road through a cutting. back

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