Information for record number MWA5071:
Site of Possible Medieval Well - 'King John's Well'

Summary The site of 'King John's Well', a Well dating from the Medieval period. It was marked on an Ordnance Survey map of 1955, but can no longer be seen. The location is 150m north west of King John's Castle.
What Is It?  
Type: Well
Period: Medieval (1066 AD - 1539 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Kineton
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 32 50
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

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1 At the foot of the hill on which King John's Castle (PRN 1183) stood, there is a well called King John's well, and a little way from it is another much larger well called Castle well.
2 'King John's well' marked.
3 The well is now covered with a manhole.
4 1979: No trace of the well was found.
5 The site of King Johns well, possibly associated with the medieval motte and bailey known as King Johns Castle to the east, is recorded on the first edition Ordnance Survey map of 1885. The well can no longer be seen, and is now covered by a manhole. The well was originally recorded within the same monument record as the motte and bailey (Monument Number 335431). This area was surveyed from aerial photographs as part of the SE Warwickshire and Cotswolds HLS NMP project. No remains of the well were visible on aerial photographs dating back to 1945.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Antiquities of Warwickshire
Author/originator: Dugdale W
Date: 1730
Page Number: 1056
Source No: 2
Source Type: Map
Title: SP35SW 1955
Author/originator: Ordnance Survey
Date: 1955
Page Number:
Source No: 3
Source Type: Record Card/Form
Title: OS Card 25NE6
Author/originator: Ordnance Survey
Date: 1968
Page Number:
Source No: 4
Source Type: Site Visit
Title: Kineton
Author/originator: Wright S M
Date: 1979
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
technique Aerial Photograph Aerial photographs are taken during an aerial survey, which involves looking at the ground from above. It is usually easier to see cropmarks and earthworks when they are viewed from above. Aerial photographs help archaeologists to record what they see and to identify new sites. There are two kinds of aerial photographs; oblique and vertical. 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 SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument CASTLE * A fortress and dwelling, usually medieval in origin, and often consisting of a keep, curtain wall and towers etc. back
monument WELL * A shaft or pit dug in the ground over a supply of spring-water. back
monument MOTTE AND BAILEY * An early form of castle consisting of a flat-top steep-sided earthen mound, supporting a wooden tower, and a bailey. back
monument MANHOLE * A vertical shaft, usually with an internal ladder, allowing access to a sewer or underground counduit for inspection and maintenance. back

* Copyright of English Heritage (1999)

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