Medieval settlement remains at Inglesham


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1017921

Date first listed: 19-Mar-1998


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Swindon (Unitary Authority)

Parish: Inglesham

National Grid Reference: SU 20721 98414


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Reasons for Designation

Medieval rural settlements in England were marked by great regional diversity in form, size and type, and the protection of their archaeological remains needs to take these differences into account. To do this, England has been divided into three broad Provinces on the basis of each area's distinctive mixture of nucleated and dispersed settlements. These can be further divided into sub-Provinces and local regions, possessing characteristics which have gradually evolved during the past 1500 years or more. The South Midlands local region is large, and capable of further subdivision. Strongly banded from south west to north east, it comprises a broad succession of clay vales and limestone or marlstone ridges, complicated by local drifts which create many subtle variations in terrain. The region is in general dominated by nucleated villages of medieval origin, with isolated farmsteads, mostly of post-medieval date, set in the spaces between them. Depopulated village sites are common, and moated sites are present on the claylands.

The medieval settlement remains of Inglesham are well preserved and a fine example of their class.


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The monument includes medieval settlement remains situated east of the hamlet of Inglesham on the upper floodplain of the River Thames. Settlement earthworks survive between the Lechlade-Highworth road and the hamlet. They include the remains of a central, curving hollow way, which branches west towards the church and north towards a tributary of the Thames. Another hollow way runs parallel to the latter. A fourth hollow way is occupied by the lane from the main road to the hamlet. A number of irregular house platforms survive to a height of 0.75m in the area south of the central hollow way. There are indications on the surface and on aerial photographs that the village extended south of the lane, but these earthworks have been levelled by cultivation and have not been included in the scheduling. All telegraph poles and fence posts together with the water trough and wooden stile are excluded from the scheduling although the ground beneath these features is included.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.


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Legacy System number: 28981

Legacy System: RSM

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