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Mitford shrunken medieval village (Mitford)

The medieval borough of Mitford is mentioned in a document written in 1296, when twelve taxpayers lived there and it had the right to hold regular markets. The village of Mitford, which grew up alongside Mitford Castle, probably reached its largest size in the 15th century. In 1437 there were 28 houses in the village, in addition to the main house, which would have been occupied by the lord of the manor's chief tenant. By 1769 the village was reduced to six houses. Archaeologists think the village may have been deliberately depopulated in the 18th century to create a landscaped park for the Old Manor House.

Reference number:N11065
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Mitford


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