Information for record number MWA9930:
Hampton Wood

Summary Remnant of Medieval Woodland
What Is It?  
Type: Wood, Managed Woodland
Period: Medieval (1066 AD - 1539 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Hampton Lucy
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 25 59
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

Source Number  

1 There are tantalising references to the wood of the bishops of Worcester from c.1170, but never in enough detail to explain the relationship between the wood, the square league of silva recorded in Domesday Book, recorded assarts, and the significance of the minor place-name Grove. The bishops wood was mentioned inccidentally in a survey of c.1170. The oxherds were to bring timber for their ploughs from the wood with the bishops wagon and oxen. A tenant held a croft under the wood. The bishop had a reeve and woodward. In surveys of c.1290 and 1299 there was a park. From the reference to an enclosed wood called the park I 1353, it seems that the wood had been emparked. From the late fifteenth-century survey of the manor of Fulbrook to the north it can be deduced that the park adjoined Fulbrook in the area of the present Hampton wood. The park disappeared between 1549 and 1557. At some point before 1736, and the possibly in the medieval period, former former arable land with ridge and furrow characteristic of ploughing in the medieval period was added to the wood. That area is surrounded on three sides by a wood bank which is well preserved in parts. There is evidence to suggest that three fields called wood Hills on the estate map of 1736 were once wooded; in 197 Grove field Farm included 'Hampton wood hill grounds' and in the 1680s there are referances to grazing "the old wood". In 1736 and as late as 1846 the wood was just over seventy acres in extent; the present area is about twenty-seven acres. Despite imparkment, the name Hampton Wode appeared in a manorial court role in 1453. The minor place name Grava (modern Grove) was recorded in a list of the bishop's knights' fees which was compiled between 1096 and 1112. It appeared as la grave in the survey of c.1170 and persisted throughout the later medieval and modern periods, surviving in Grove Farm, which is immediately south of the present Hampton wood. It is reasonable to assume that a place-name which was well established by c.1100 originated in the early medieval period, when it must have taken its name from a nearby grove.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Monograph
Title: Woods, Wolds and Groves
Author/originator: Wager, S
Date: 1998
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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
period Modern The Modern Period, about 1915 AD to the present (the 20th and 21st centuries AD)

In recent years archaeologists have realised the importance of recording modern sites. They do this so that in the future people will be able to look at the remains to help them understand the events to which they are related.
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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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period modern About 1915 AD to the present (the 20th and 21st centuries AD)

In recent years archaeologists have realised the importance of recording modern sites. They do this so that in the future people will be able to look at the remains to help them understand the events to which they are related.
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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 PARK * An enclosed piece of land, generally large in area, used for hunting, the cultivation of trees, for grazing sheep and cattle or visual enjoyment. Use more specific type where known. back
monument GRAVE * A place of burial. Use more specific type where known. back
monument WELL * A shaft or pit dug in the ground over a supply of spring-water. back
monument FIELD * An area of land, often enclosed, used for cultivation or the grazing of livestock. back
monument MANOR * An area of land consisting of the lord's demesne and of lands from whose holders he may exact certain fees, etc. back
monument WOOD * A tract of land with trees, sometimes acting as a boundary or barrier, usually smaller and less wild than a forest. back
monument SQUARE * An open space or area, usually square in plan, in a town or city, enclosed by residential and/or commercial buildings, frequently containing a garden or laid out with trees. back
monument ASSART * A piece of forest land converted into arable. back
monument CROFT * An enclosed piece of land adjoining 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 MANAGED WOODLAND * An area of cultivated, managed woodland producing wood which is used for a variety of purposes. back
monument WOOD BANK * An earthen bank indicating the limit of a wood or coppice back

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