Medieval Settlement and Associated Field System Immediately South of Ballidon Village
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Derbyshire County Council
Derbyshire Dales District Council
SE205205 (420479, 354431)
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Remains of a medieval settlement and associated field system at Ballidon. The village is first documented in a charter of 963 and is referred to in the Domesday Book as Belidene. The settlement remains lie on either side of the road leading into the present village from the south. The area to the east of the road contains a small, restored Anglo-Norman church (SK 25 SW 11), the earthworks of at least three farmhouses, a hollow way, field boundaries and extensive ridge and furrow systems. To the west of the road are traces of an older road, the earthwork remains of farmhouses, the associated enclosures of at least two, possibly three, small farms and further stretches of ridge and furrow. Excavations carried out in 1986 uncovered evidence for three periods of activity on the site. The earliest comprised a possible pond or spring containing pottery of 2nd to 4th century AD date. Further pottery evidence indicated occupation in the 14th to 15th century and again in the 18th and 19th centuries.
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