Medieval settlement remains at Hodnell Manor


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

Stratford-on-Avon (District Authority)
Hodnell and Wills Pastures
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SP 42431 57328

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. This monument lies in the Inner Midlands sub-Province of the Central Province, an area characterised by large numbers of nucleated settlements, both surviving and deserted, many of which are thought to have been established in Anglo-Saxon times. Most of the sub-Province's thinly scattered dispersed settlements were created in post-medieval times, but some of the local regions are characterised by higher proportions of dispersed dwellings and hamlets, which probably mark the patchy survival of older landscapes.

The medieval settlement at Hodnell Manor survives well as a series of earthworks and associated buried remains. Remains of house plots will preserve evidence for domestic and economic activity on the site through both the medieval and post medieval periods, giving insight into the lifestyle of the inhabitants. The association of the village remains with thos fields and the manor house will also preserve evidence for the economy of the settlement and its place in the wider social and economic landscape, as well as for horticultural and agricultural activity. The settlement at Hodnell also benefits from being well documented. Association with the remains of several other medieval settlements will help us to understand the dynamics of settlement formation, and survival or desertion within the parish.


The monument includes the known extent of the buried and earthwork remains of the medieval settlement at Hodnell Manor. It is situated on a hilltop site immediately surrounding Hodnell Manor Farm, which lies close to the main road between Banbury and Southam and the parish boundary.

The Domesday survey of 1086 records 31 tenants here, representing a population of approximately 150 people. By 1332 there were 16 householders contributing to taxation, although by 1428 the population had declined and only four householders were recorded. The whole parish had been enclosed and converted to pasture by the end of the 16th century, although it is not certain who was responsible for the final depopulation of the settlement. The parish include several other satellite settlements, some of which were subsequently deserted and are the subject of separate schedulings. The settlement at Hodnell is possibly the earliest site of this group, and is believed to be the location of the manor.

The settlement is visible as a series of earthworks, best seen on aerial photographs, lying around the farm, including a long and deep hollow way orientated north east to south west, which forms the dominant earthwork of the site. Several small east to west orientated sub-divisions represent at least six enclosures or building sites. An irregular hollow way runs at right angles to the main hollow way and a series of low level irregular earthworks lying to the west of the main hollow way are believed to represent further building remains.

Medieval ridge and furrow cultivation remains orientated in several directions surrounded the settlement and are recorded on aerial photographs. The majority of these have been ploughed out and only a sample area is retained within the scheduling, to preserve the relationship between the settlement and its surrounding field system.

All modern post and wire fences and modern surfaces 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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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.

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