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Deserted medieval site west of Lower Batch Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Lamyatt, Somerset

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Latitude: 51.1216 / 51°7'17"N

Longitude: -2.4996 / 2°29'58"W

OS Eastings: 365130.001601

OS Northings: 135934.619286

OS Grid: ST651359

Mapcode National: GBR MV.9QJN

Mapcode Global: VH8BF.M2FH

Entry Name: Deserted medieval site W of Lower Batch Farm

Scheduled Date: 17 October 1978

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1003749

English Heritage Legacy ID: SO 498

County: Somerset

Civil Parish: Lamyatt

Traditional County: Somerset

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Somerset


Deserted medieval village 320m west of Lower Batch Farm.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 2 September 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.

This monument includes a deserted medieval village situated on a gentle west facing slope immediately south of a tributary to the River Alham. The village survives as a series of at least 15 house platforms fronting onto a Roman road from Semley to the Fosse Way and are clearly defined as rectangular building platforms, garden plots, hollow ways and boundary banks. A 9th century charter indicates the road was disused and thus suggests a relatively early abandonment of the village. The village was surveyed by Bristol University in 1985.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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 deserted medieval village 320m west of Lower Batch Farm survives well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, development, longevity, abandonment, agricultural practices, domestic arrangements and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England


PastScape Monument No:-199946 and 1326519

Source: Historic England

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