Information for record number MWA9512:
Dunchurch Medieval Settlement

Summary The probable extent of the medieval settlement at Dunchurch based on the Ordnance Survey map of 1886.
What Is It?  
Type: Settlement
Period: Medieval (1066 AD - 1539 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Dunchurch
District: Rugby, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 48 71
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

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1 The probable extent of the medieval settlement based on the first edition OS 6" map of 1886, 28SW.
2 The ridge and furrow plotting of the parish.
3 Domesday lists Dunchurch in Marton Hundred. Grid ref 4871 (the Phillimore edition). Ref 37,3 from Osbern William holds 5 hides in Dunchurch. Land for 9 ploughs. In lordship 1; 3 slaves. 12 villagers with a priest and 11 smallholders have 5 ploughs. Meadow 30 acres. The value was and is 100s. Wulfmer held it.
4 The 1886 map shows dense occupation around the central intersection of roads. The ridge and furrow can only be seen to abut the settlement at one point to the south, though there is more survival a little to the east. The church dates from the medieval period, and in 1086 the village was valuable and quite populous.
5 Watching brief carried out on new build to the rear of Guy Fawkes House. Three linear features, two of which produced 12/13th century pottery, were recorded.
6 Report of Watching brief mention in 5
7 Portable Antiquities Scheme find provenance information: Methods of discovery: Metal detector

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Source Type: Archaeological Report
Title: An Archaeological Evaluation at Springfields, Daventry Road, Dunchurch
Author/originator: Moore, J
Date: 2004
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Source No: 2
Source Type: Aerial Photograph Transcript
Title: Dunchurch parish
Author/originator: ARI
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Source No: 3
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Domesday Book Warwickshire incl Birmingham
Author/originator: Phillimore and Co Ltd
Date: 1976
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Source No: 4
Source Type: Desk Top Study
Title: Comments on villages and towns in the Medieval Settlement study.
Author/originator: Hester Hawkes.
Date: 2002/3
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Source Type: Internet Data
Title: Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) Database
Author/originator: British Museum
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Source No: 1
Source Type: Map
Title: 1st edition 6" maps. Medieval settlement evaluation.
Author/originator: Ordnance Survey
Date: 1880s
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Source No: 1
Source Type: Map
Title: 28SW 1:10560 1886
Author/originator: Ordnance Survey
Date: 1886
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Volume/Sheet: 28SW
Source No: 5
Source Type: Serial
Title: WMA vol 45 (2002)
Author/originator: Watt, S (ed)
Date: 2003
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Volume/Sheet: 45
Source No: 6
Source Type: Watching Brief Report
Title: Land to the rear of Guy Fawkes House, Dunchurch, Warwickshire: an archaeological watching brief 2002
Author/originator: Birmingham University Field Archaeology Unit
Date: 2002
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source Domesday Book The Domesday Book was commissioned in December 1085 by William the Conqueror, who invaded England in 1066. It contains records for about 13,000 medieval settlements in the English counties south of the rivers Ribble and Tees (the border with Scotland at the time). The Domesday Book is a detailed record of the lands and their resources that belonged to the king. It also records the identity of the landholders and their tenants. back
source WMA West Midlands Archaeology. This publication contains a short description for each of the sites where archaeological work has taken place in the previous year. It covers Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire. Some of these descriptions include photographs, plans and drawings of the sites and/or the finds that have been discovered. The publication is produced by the Council For British Archaeology (CBA) West Midlands and is published annually. Copies are held at the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. 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 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 SETTLEMENT * A small concentration of dwellings. back
monument RIDGE AND FURROW * A series of long, raised ridges separated by ditches used to prepare the ground for arable cultivation. This was a technique, characteristic of the medieval period. back
monument CHURCH * A building used for public Christian worship. Use more specific type where known. back
monument ROAD * A way between different places, used by horses, travellers on foot and vehicles. back
monument LINEAR FEATURE * A length of straight, curved or angled earthwork or cropmark of uncertain date or function. back
monument HIDE * A shelter, sometimes camouflaged, for the observation of birds and animals at close quarters. back
monument MEADOW * A piece of grassland, often near a river, permanently covered with grass which is mown for use as hay. back
monument TOWN * An assemblage of public and private buildings, larger than a village and having more complete and independent local government. back

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