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Dotland shrunken medieval village (Hexhamshire and District)

There has been a settlement at Dotland since at least the 13th century when it was recorded as a grange in 1287. At this time it belonged to the Priory of Hexham. In the 14th century it had become a tenanted farm and in 1379 a number of people are recorded living there. The population of the village seems to have fallen quite drastically by this time but over the next 400 years it grew again until there was a substantial settlement here by 1769. However, today there are only two farms and a few cottages. The earlier settlement has left its mark in the clear earthworks marking former house and garden plots. There are also remains of the medieval field system with ridge and furrow earthworks nearby.

Reference number:N8336
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Hexhamshire and District
Local History of Hexhamshire and District

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