Keys to the Past

Great Ryle Medieval Village (Alnham)

To the south-east of the modern village of Great Ryle are two filed filled with earthworks. These include small level platforms, on which medieval houses would have been built, and smaller enclosures, or crofts, which would have been gardens. Nearby is a large area of ridge and furrow, the broad banks and ditches formed by medieval ploughing. These earthworks show that the modern village has shrunk, and used to be much larger. However, without further investigation it is not possible to work out when this happened, or what caused it.

Reference number:N3211
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Event(s):FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1957; D A Davies
FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1969; B H Pritchard

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Source of Reference
Local History of Alnham

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