Information for record number MWA8674:
Ryknild Street (Medieval road)

Summary The line of a road dating to the Medieval period. It follows the route of the Roman road, Icknield or Ryknild Street.
What Is It?  
Type: Road
Period: Medieval (1066 AD - 1539 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Alcester
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 09 54
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

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1 In Medieval period known as Icknield Street/ Ryknield Street. Earlier, a Gloucestershire reference records it as Buggildestret (the road of Burghild). Between Studley and Alcester the Medieval route along Ryknield Street was known as Haydon Way (the head or chief way; 1272 as Havedwey).
2 Illustrative maps.
3 Section through this road seen in pipeline trench at c. SP086559. Watching brief recorded "a flat laid cobbled surface 8.5m wide (southern section), 8.0m wide (northern section), the cobbles reaching a depth of 0.7m at the road centre. There were 3 sherds of unglazed thirteenth century (?) ware in the dark brown clayey road matrix. […] There was no evidence of any ditches connected with the road". From description does not appear to be the RB road.

Source No: 2
Source Type: Map
Title: Historic Landscape Assessment Routeway Maps
Author/originator: Hooke D
Date: 1999
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Source No: 1
Source Type: Unpublished document
Title: Historic Landscape Assessment
Author/originator: Hooke D
Date: 1999
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Source No: 1
Source Type: Watching Brief Report
Title: Watching Brief on water pipeline trench, Oversley Parish, Alcester, Warwickshire
Author/originator: Ford, D
Date: 1977
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period Roman About 43 AD to 409 AD (the 1st century AD to the 5th century AD)

The Roman period comes after the Iron Age and before the Saxon period.

The Roman period in Britain began in 43 AD when a Roman commander called Aulus Plautius invaded the south coast, near Kent. There were a series of skirmishes with the native Britons, who were defeated. In the months that followed, more Roman troops arrived and slowly moved westwards and northwards.
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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 ROAD * A way between different places, used by horses, travellers on foot and vehicles. back
monument TRENCH * An excavation used as a means of concealment, protection or both. 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 PIPELINE * A conduit or pipes, used primarily for conveying petroleum from oil wells to a refinery, or for supplying water to a town or district, etc. back

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