Site of medieval village
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1005324
Date first listed: 22-Jun-1977
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: County of Herefordshire (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference: SO 53345 36579
Part of the deserted medieval village 210m west of Dinedor Hall.
Reasons for Designation
The village, comprising a small group of houses, gardens, yards, streets, paddocks, often with a green, a manor and a church, and with a community devoted primarily to agriculture, was a significant component of the rural landscape in most areas of medieval England, much as it is today. Villages provided some services to the local community and acted as the main focal point of ecclesiastical, and often of manorial, administration within each parish. Although the sites of many of these villages have been occupied continuously down to the present day, many others declined in size or were abandoned throughout the medieval and post-medieval periods, particularly during the 14th and 15th centuries. As a result over 2000 deserted medieval villages are recorded nationally. The reasons for desertion were varied but often reflected declining economic viability, changes in land use such as enclosure or emparkment, or population fluctuations as a result of widespread epidemics such as the Black Death. As a consequence of their abandonment these villages are frequently undisturbed by later occupation and contain well-preserved archaeological deposits. Because they are a common and long-lived monument type in most parts of England, they provide important information on the diversity of medieval settlement patterns and farming economy between the regions and through time. The part of the deserted medieval village 210m west of Dinedor Hall survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, development, social organisation, function of the component parts, domestic arrangements, longevity, agricultural practices, economic significance, abandonment and overall landscape context.
This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 21 May 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records. As such they do not yet have the full descriptions of their modernised counterparts available. Please contact us if you would like further information.
This monument includes part of the deserted medieval village of Dinedor situated on gentle slopes at the foot of the prominent Dinedor Hill and immediately south west of the church and current settlement. The village survives as a complex series of earthworks including banks of up to 1m high, house platforms, enclosures and hollow ways in a field called ‘Garrison Meadow’. The village was mentioned in several documents dating back to the 14th century. Further earthworks extent beyond the currently scheduled area and have been surveyed but these are not included in the scheduling because they have not been formally assessed.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: HE 224
Legacy System: RSM - OCN
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing