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Newbold medieval settlement and part of the open field system, 330m north east of Manor Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Kinoulton, Nottinghamshire

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Latitude: 52.8759 / 52°52'33"N

Longitude: -0.9851 / 0°59'6"W

OS Eastings: 468402.588746

OS Northings: 331416.482053

OS Grid: SK684314

Mapcode National: GBR 9L2.PRN

Mapcode Global: WHFJC.VZ25

Entry Name: Newbold medieval settlement and part of the open field system, 330m north east of Manor Farm

Scheduled Date: 9 March 2001

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1019634

English Heritage Legacy ID: 29984

County: Nottinghamshire

Civil Parish: Kinoulton

Built-Up Area: Kinoulton

Traditional County: Nottinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Nottinghamshire

Church of England Parish: Kinoulton

Church of England Diocese: Southwell and Nottingham


The monument includes the earthwork and buried remains of the abandoned areas
of Newbold medieval settlement. The monument is situated on a slightly raised
terrace on the western side of the valley of the River Smite. The settlement
remains lie on the north eastern edge of the existing village of Kinoulton and
are now considered part of that village.

Newbold was first mentioned in the Domesday survey of 1086, when it was
documented that there were two manors, one owned by the king and the other by
William Peverel. Within the king's manor was a priest and a church and enough
agricultural land for eight ploughs and two acres of underwood. Within William
Peverel's manor there was enough agricultural land for two ploughs and forty
acres of meadow. At the time of the survey the total value of the two manors
was ten pounds and sixty shillings.

It is unclear when the settlement was abandoned or incorporated into the
village of Kinoulton, but it is known that a chapel known as Newbolt Chapel
was still in existence in the late 18th century. At this time the chapel was
used by parishioners of Kinoulton village following the demise of St Wilfrid's
Church, which lies in ruins at the western end of Kinoulton. Saint Wilfrid's
Church is the subject of a separate scheduling.

The abandoned areas of Newbold medieval settlement survive as a series of
earthworks and buried remains which are defined by three areas of protection,
all lying on the north side of Hall Lane. In the area of protection between
Ashgate House and Manor Farm a series of three rectangular enclosures or
crofts are aligned with, and adjacent to, Hall Lane. These are defined by a
number of low banks which survive up to a height of approximately 0.75m. At
the northern ends of the crofts the ground rises and is slightly terraced. On
the terrace another series of banks define two smaller rectangular features
which are interpreted as the remains of medieval buildings, or crofts, with
the low banks representing the buried remains of walls. Running along the
northern boundary of this area of protection is a wide, narrow gully which is
interpreted as a sunken track. This is most clearly evident from an aerial
photograph, which also shows that the feature has been partly infilled since
the photograph was taken in 1991. At the north eastern end of this area of
protection is part of the medieval open field system which is visible as part
of one furlong (a group of lands or cultivation strips). The cultivation
strips collectively form ridge and furrow which survive to a height of
approximately 0.5m.

The remains of the open field system continue into the second area of
protection, between Ashgate House and Hall Farm. Here the remains are visible
as parts of two furlongs, one at the south western end and the other at the
north eastern end of the field. Between the two areas of ridge and furrow and
situated towards the northern edge of the field is a large, raised, oval
terrace. On the terrace a series of low banks are evident and from aerial
photographs it is possible to identify the position of a building platform.
Separating the terrace and building platform from the ridge and furrow at the
south western end of the field is a wide gully which runs roughly north west
to south east across the field. This is interpreted as a sunken track and
would presumably have provided access to the open fields originally
surrounding the settlement.

The third area of protection, to the north east of Hall Farm, contains a
series of tofts which are laid out at right angles to the public footpath. It
is understood that the existing Hall Lane originally continued across the
fields to Colston Bassett, which lies approximately 2km to the north east of
Hall Farm. This line is still marked by a public right of way.

The tofts which measure approximately 30m by 15m are situated on a platform
which slopes down steeply towards the public footpath. This suggests the path
was originally a sunken track and that the platform has been terraced at some
time in the past. Areas of exposed stone on the platform indicate that the
buried remains of walls survive beneath the ground surface.

At the north western end of each of the tofts are a series of rectangular
building platforms indicating the site of at least four crofts. Approximately
30m north of the crofts is a wide gully which runs south west to north east
across the area of protection. This survives to a depth of 0.4m and is
interpreted as a sunken track which may originally have linked with the
example identified in the area of protection between Ashgate House and Manor
Farm. This would have provided a back lane to the settlement. Parts of the
gully have been levelled and its full length is difficult to determine on the
ground surface and from aerial photographs.

The medieval settlement of Newbold was laid out in a planned design. The tofts
and crofts are generally laid out in a linear pattern which respect the line
of the existing Hall Lane. Some of the building platforms are, however, set
back from Hall Lane and may have been served by a back lane which ran parallel
to Hall Lane.

All modern fences, gates and track surfaces are excluded from the scheduling,
although the ground beneath these is included.

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

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

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 last 1500 years or more.
This monument lies in the Trent sub-Province of the Central Province, where
the broad Trent valley swings in a great arc across midland England. Underlain
by heavy clays, it is given variety by superficial glacial and alluvial
deposits. Although treated as a single sub-Province, it has many subtle
variations. Generally, it is characterised by a great number of villages and
hamlets which cluster thickly along scarp-foot and scarp-tail zones, locations
suitable for exploiting the contrasting terrains. Throughout the sub-Province
there are very low and extremely low densities of dispersed farmsteads, some
of which are ancient, but most of which are 18th-century and later movement of
farms out of earlier villages.

Medieval villages were organised agricultural communities, sited at the centre
of a parish or township, that shared resources such as arable land, meadow and
woodland. Village plans varied enormously, but when they survive as
earthworks their most distinguishing features include roads and minor tracks,
platforms on which stood houses and other buildings such as barns, enclosed
crofts and small enclosed paddocks. They frequently include the parish church
within their boundaries, and as part of the manorial system most villages
include one or more manorial centres which may also survive as visible remains
as well as below ground deposits. In the Central Province of England, villages
were the most distinctive aspect of medieval life, and their archaeological
remains are one of the most important sources of understanding about rural
life in the five or more centuries following the Norman Conquest.

Medieval villages were supported by a communal system of agriculture based on
large, unenclosed open arable fields. These large fields were subdivided into
strips (known as lands) which were allocated to individual tenants. The
cultivation of these strips with heavy ploughs pulled by oxen-teams produced
long, wide ridges and the resultant `ridge and furrow' where it survives is
the most obvious physical indication of the open field system. Individual
strips or lands were laid out in groups known as furlongs defined by terminal
headlands at the plough turning-points and lateral grass baulks. Furlongs were
in turn grouped into large open fields. Well preserved ridge and furrow,
especially in its original context adjacent to village earthworks, is both an
important source of information about medieval agrarian life and a distinctive
contribution to the character of the historic landscape. It is usually now
covered by the hedges or walls of subsequent field enclosure.

The earthwork and buried remains of the abandoned areas of Newbold medieval
settlement are well-preserved and retain significant archaeological remains.
The earthworks, historical documentation and the aerial photographic records
combine to provide a detailed picture of the layout of the settlement. As a
whole, the medieval settlement of Newbold will add greatly to our knowledge
and understanding of the development and subsequent abandonment of medieval
settlement in the area and its position in the wider landscape.

Source: Historic England


Books and journals
Page, W, The Victoria History of the County of Nottinghamshire, (1906), 253+271
Wilkinson, R F , 'Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire' in The Ruined and Lost Churches of Nottinghamshire, , Vol. XLVI, (1942), 66-72
Held at Notts SMR, 1:10000 4/10/91 140 91 253, (1991)
Title: Nottinghamshire Village Earthwork Survey
Source Date: 1995
Survey record no.s 264-273

Source: Historic England

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