Medieval Settlement at Mill Ford Farm
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Warwickshire County Council
Stratford-on-Avon District Council
SE089089 (408937, 260027)
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The buried and earthwork remains of a medieval village and its associated hollow ways, field boundaries, enclosures and the medieval ridge and furrow cultivation remains at Mill Ford Farm, Coughton. The medieval settlement formed part of a spread of settlement within the parish which took the form of hamlets, lying to the south west and south east of the manor house and located on the edge of the medieval Royal Forest of Arden, on an acknowledged route through the forest. The tofts are indicated by a series of irregular building platforms aligned parallel to Coughton Lane in an north-south direction. The boundary ditches of six regular crofts (or allotments) each 15-20 metres in width and measuring up to 1 metre deep and 1-2 metres wide, survive to the east of the house sites. To the east of the settlement are the remains of ridge and furrow cultivation. These are the remnants of the open arable fields belonging to Coughton in the medieval period. The majority of the field system has now been removed by modern ploughing.
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