Monument details

HER Number:301
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Medieval village & field system remains immediately east of Haycroft


Scheduled Monument. Several channels, tracks, enclosures and low mounds, and ridge and furrow are visible from aerial photographs. This may represent the movement of or a shrinkage of Spurstow Village. There are a series of small roughly rectangular enclosures which look like tofts and crofts (house platforms and enclosures) which once fronted onto a lane or perhaps a small green where a Farm now stands. There are also traces of medieval ridge and furrow which run up to, but do not intrude into the area of the house platforms. This has been interpreted as field system associated with village.

Medieval and later villages were abandoned by their inhabitants for many reasons. The effects of disease and poor harvests made rural living difficult, and whole communities are thought to have relocated to urban settlements. Landowners sometimes relocated settlements for aesthetic reasons and for landscaping. Once abandoned the villages quickly became derelict and were not inhabited again surviving only as earthworks, often visible only from aerial photographs. A shrunken village is where a village shows evidence of earlier settlement that has not been re inhabited


Monument Types

  • RIDGE AND FURROW (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • SHRUNKEN VILLAGE (Shrunk/Shifted Village, Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1018821: Medieval Village And Field System Remains Immediately East Of Haycroft

Related records

301/1Related to: Haycroft, Peckforton Hall Lane (Building)

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