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Edlingham shrunken medieval village (Edlingham)

The village of Edlingham is first mentioned in AD737 as one of the vills granted to Lindisfarne by King Ceowulf of Northumbria. The church dates from the 11th century. After the Norman Conquest, medieval documents record the number of taxpayers in Edlingham Newtown from the 13th century onwards giving an idea of the size of the village. The castle is first mentioned in 1396. By the 17th and 18th centuries the village stretched half a mile from end to end and had 15 houses and crofts. However, by the early 19th century the village had begun to decline and the shrink in size. The plan of the village as it was in 1731 can still be traced through modern fence lines and earthworks. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N4233
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):WATCHING BRIEF, Edlingham Village 2011; TWM Archaeology

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Source of Reference
Local History of Edlingham


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