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Medieval settlement remains at Chesterton Green

A Scheduled Monument in Chesterton and Kingston, Warwickshire

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Latitude: 52.224 / 52°13'26"N

Longitude: -1.4921 / 1°29'31"W

OS Eastings: 434788.122343

OS Northings: 258547.678194

OS Grid: SP347585

Mapcode National: GBR 6PC.FLD

Mapcode Global: VHBXY.3C0D

Entry Name: Medieval settlement remains at Chesterton Green

Scheduled Date: 7 March 2002

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1020261

English Heritage Legacy ID: 35106

County: Warwickshire

Civil Parish: Chesterton and Kingston

Traditional County: Warwickshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Warwickshire

Church of England Parish: Chesterton St Giles

Church of England Diocese: Coventry


The monument includes the surviving buried and earthwork remains of the
medieval settlement at Chesterton Green. The modern settlement at Chesterton
Green is believed to lie close to the site of the medieval settlement
mentioned in a document of 1344 as `le Grenesyde'. The remains of at least
three building platforms and a causewayed road junction with raised camber
running in two directions are visible in the field to the north of Green Farm.
Aerial photographs, taken between 1940 and 1970, demonstrate that further
extensive settlement remains formerly survived in the larger arable field to
the west, including a series of enclosures and building platforms and a chain
of at least three fishponds stretching out towards the Hog Brook. These
remains have since been reduced by cultivation and are not included in the
scheduling, except for a 15 metre sample on the eastern edge of the field
included in order to preserve the relationship between the earthwork site and
the wider settlement remains.
All modern post and wire fences are excluded from the scheduling, although the
ground beneath them 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 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 remains at Chesterton Green survive well as earthwork
and buried features. Remains of houses and outbuildings as well as gardens and
allotments, will demonstrate the size and status of this part of the medieval
settlement, and will include evidence for the occupations of the people who
lived there. Buried artefacts will provide dating evidence for the development
and decline of the settlement, as well as information about the daily life and
wealth of the inhabitants. Buried environmental evidence will illustrate the
diet and health of the population as well providing information about the
medieval agricultural regime and the surrounding natural environment. The
remains of the field system, roads and boundaries will provide evidence for
the wider landscape setting, communication network and rural environment
surrounding the settlement.

Source: Historic England

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