Deserted Medieval Settlement and Associated Cultivation Terraces on Perching Hill
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West Sussex County Council
Mid Sussex District Council
Arundel and South Downs
OV245245 (524519, 110323)
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The monument includes a deserted medieval village situated on a north west facing slope of a chalk hill forming part of the Sussex Downs. The presence in the coombe of an underground water course, indicated by a well circa 60 metres to the west of the monument, explains the establishment of the settlement in an area of downland otherwise rarely inhabited during the medieval period. The hamlet is bounded on its southern and northern sides by a mortared, flint rubble wall up to circa 0.5 metres high. Three stepped, levelled terraces circa 90 metres long and up to circa 18 metres wide, edged by banks up to circa 3 metres high, are located near the coombe bottom towards the centre of the monument and contain traces of at least eight buildings, representing the main dwelling houses and outbuildings of the settlement. Green-glazed pottery sherds dating to the medieval period were found here during the 1950s.
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