Keys to the Past

Bywell shrunken medieval village (Bywell)

There has been a settlement at Bywell since the 13th century. It seems to have had a fairly constant population from medieval times until the 19th century. The village suffered a slight decline when a flood in 1771 destroyed some houses, but was not finally cleared away until 1857 when the grounds of Bywell Hall were created. The village is thought to have comprised two rows of houses, arranged along a street, with yards and gardens sloping to the river. Today there are no remains of the old village layout, but a survey by Durham University in the 1980s revealed the site of a building.

Reference number:N10054
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Event(s):FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1956; A S Phillips



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Source of Reference
Local History of Bywell


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