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Medieval hunting lodge in Churchplace Inclosure

A Scheduled Monument in Ashurst and Colbury, Hampshire

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Latitude: 50.8854 / 50°53'7"N

Longitude: -1.5152 / 1°30'54"W

OS Eastings: 434197.791923

OS Northings: 109656.29477

OS Grid: SU341096

Mapcode National: GBR 76L.FR5

Mapcode Global: FRA 76QR.MJ0

Entry Name: Medieval hunting lodge in Churchplace Inclosure

Scheduled Date: 16 September 1963

Last Amended: 7 July 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1016715

English Heritage Legacy ID: 30270

County: Hampshire

Civil Parish: Ashurst and Colbury

Built-Up Area: Ashurst

Traditional County: Hampshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire

Church of England Parish: Colbury Christ Church

Church of England Diocese: Winchester


The monument includes the remains of a medieval hunting lodge situated on the
western slopes of a sandy ridge within Churchplace Inclosure in the New
The location of the lodge is indicated by earthwork banks and an external
ditch which enclose a sub-rectangular raised platform measuring approximately
36m square. The banks are up to 6m in width and approximately 0.7m in height.
An external ditch measuring a maximum of 4m in width and up to 0.3m in depth
is visible on the eastern, western and southern sides. A break in the eastern
bank and ditch up to 7.5m in width probably indicates the site of the original
Documents record that Edward III spent time in the New Forest during the
summer of 1366, for which reason repairs were made to several lodges, one of
which was referred to as Houndesdoun. The occurrence of a similar name
approximately 2km north east of Churchplace and the similarity of the
earthworks to other known lodge sites suggest that Houndesdoun and Churchplace
refer to the same location. The presence of structures within the enclosure
have been confirmed by finds of slate, which further corroborates the site as
being that of a lodge, several New Forest examples of which are known to have
had slate roofs.

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

The lodge at Churchplace survives in good condition with little significant
disturbance. Surviving archaeological deposits will provide information about
the construction, layout and use of the lodge. They will also provide an
insight into its economy and the possible factors leading to its eventual
decline and abandonment. The location of the lodge in close proximity to a
footpath gives it added significance as a potential public amenity.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Colvin, H M, The History of the King's Works, (1963)
Hampshire County Council, , The Church Place Earthworks
Sumner, H, The Ancient Earthworks of the New Forest, (1917)
Hampshire County Council, SU 30 NW 51A,

Source: Historic England

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