Information for record number MWA9763:
Possible Motte and Bailey north west of Pool's Barn Farm, Little Alne.

Summary The site of a possible medieval Motte and Bailey visible as cropmarks. The site is located 350m north west of Pool's Barn Farm, Little Alne.
What Is It?  
Type: Motte And Bailey?
Period: Medieval (1066 AD - 1539 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Aston Cantlow
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 12 60
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

Source Number  

1 Cropmark at NGR 412500, 260931. Could be a Motte and Bailey or geology with boundary features around hilltop.
2 Cropmark on vertical AP.
3 This site requires a visit.
4 Aerial photo taken in 1999.
5 Visible on a number of Google Earth layers, as are a number of similar features in the vicinity - suggesting geological in origin?

Source No: 2
Source Type: Aerial Photograph
Title: Warwickshire County Council vertical AP mapping (2002)
Author/originator: Warwickshire County Council
Date: pre-2002
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Source No: 4
Source Type: Aerial Photograph
Title: SP16SW Possible Mote and Bailey at Little Alne
Author/originator: E. W.
Date: 27/7/1999
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Volume/Sheet: 1260A
Source No: 1
Source Type: Correspondence
Title: Cropmark at NGR.. 412500, 260931, Little Alne
Author/originator: Wilson E
Date: 2004
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Source No: 5
Source Type: Internet Data
Title: Google Earth Aerial and Street View
Author/originator: Google Earth
Date: 1945-present
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Source No: 3
Source Type: Verbal communication
Title: Verbal communication
Author/originator: E Wilson
Date: 2002
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technique Cropmark Cropmarks appear as light and dark marks in growing and ripening crops. These marks relate to differences in the soil below. For example, parched lines of grass may indicate stone walls. Crops that grow over stone features often ripen more quickly and are shorter than the surrounding crop. This is because there is less moisture in the soil where the wall lies.

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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 POOL * A small body of water, either natural or artificial. back
monument LAYER * An archaeological unit of soil in a horizontal plane which may seal features or be cut through by other features. back
monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument BOUNDARY * The limit to an area as defined on a map or by a marker of some form, eg. BOUNDARY WALL. Use specific type where known. back
monument FEATURE * Areas of indeterminate function. 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 BARN * A building for the storage and processing of grain crops and for housing straw, farm equipment and occasionally livestock and their fodder. Use more specific type where known. back
monument BAILEY * The courtyard of a castle, ie. the area enclosed by the rampart or curtain. Use with wider site type where known. 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

* Copyright of English Heritage (1999)

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