Medieval Settlement at Cooper's Bank Farm
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County Council (Unitary)
SJ917917 (391701, 290316)
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The buried and earthwork remains of a medieval settlement at Cooper's Bank Farm, as well as surviving sections of a deer park pale. The remains take the form of distinct enclosures delineated by banks and ditches, believed to contain several tofts or areas where houses and other buildings were located. The enclosures are arranged along the head of a slope in the area of the Farm and along a hollow way running downslope to the south of the farm. This hollow way meets a second one aligned east-west which traverses the whole of the settlement and is believed to have linked the medieval fields to the east with the fields to the west. At the top of the slope are the earthwork and stone footings of at least two rectangular buildings whilst to the east of the farm lies the remains of another building. To the south of the farm more enclosures are arranged along either side of a hollow way which is aligned north-south running downslope from the farm. At the base of the slope the hollow way converges with the remnants of two other hollow ways; the first is orientated north west-south east whilst the second is orientated north east-south west. To the east of the easternmost hollow way is a discrete area of medieval ridge and furrow cultivation remains. The eastern edge of the ridge and furrow remains is bounded by a later medieval deer park pale orientated north west-south east and traversing the whole of the slope. This takes the form of a bank, 2 metres to 4 metres wide and 1 metre to 3 metres high, with an internal ditch of similar proportions on the eastern side of the bank. The park lay to the east of the settlement and may have enclosed some of the arable fields of the settlement. Traces of ridge and furrow remains in this area were visible in 1991, although they are no longer evident. The park is well documented and was known as 'New Park' when it was created around 1250 by the Earls of Dudley. Scheduled.
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