Keys to the Past

Little Swinburne shrunken medieval village (Chollerton)

This is the site of the deserted medieval village of Little Swinburne. The remains of the village survive as a series of earthworks. The area surrounding Swinburne Tower is divided into a series of enclosures and there is a small area of ridge and furrow. There is also a well preserved fishpond nearby. The village of East Swinburne is first mentioned in documents in 1296, when there may have been as many as 300 inhabitants, before being destroyed by Scottish raids in the 14th century. Since that time the village has gradually shrunk to its present size of one farmstead and two cottages. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N9218
Historical period: Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument

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Source of Reference
Local History of Chollerton

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