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Leafield Edge Deserted Village (Alnham)

This is the site of the former village of Leafield Edge. The village dates back to at least the 12th century. Many earthworks can still be seen. The village centres covers an area of about 400m by 150m. Three main groups of buildings can be seen. These are mainly clusters of rectangular building foundations and the banks surrounding gardens or small fields. The village is on the edge of a large area (nearly 5 hectares) of medieval fields. It is very rare to find the complete earthworks of a medieval village and its fields. There are only three other examples in Northumbria. It can be seen that the village grew over time, before shrinking and disappearing. It was finally abandoned in the 17th century. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N1360
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Iron Age (800BC to 43AD)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD SURVEY, Field Survey in Northumberland 1981

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Source of Reference
Local History of Alnham


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