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Deserted Village of Scrainwood (Alnham)

This was the site of the medieval village of Scrainwood. In 1377 tax returns show that at least 33 adults lived there. The remains of the houses can still be seen as earthworks. At least three rectangular buildings could be recognised, though the earthworks are only slight. A fortified tower house was recorded at the village in 1509 and 1541. Ruins of this building could still be seen 19th century, but now all trace of the tower has gone. The village appears to have begun declining in the 15th or 16th century, and by 1769 only a farm was recorded at the site. It is not known what caused this village to decline and eventually disappear.

Reference number:N1112
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Event(s):FIELD SURVEY, Deserted Medieval Villages of North Northumberland 1978; P J Dixon

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Source of Reference
Local History of Alnham

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