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Sweethope shrunken medieval village (Bavington)

A medieval manor is documented at Sweethope in the 13th century and in the 1296 Lay Subsidy it provided four taxpayers. A survey of 1541 refers to a castle and in the 1666 Hearth Tax six houses are listed. There are few clear traces on the ground of the former settlement, except for a small series of cultivation terraces, croft boundary banks and ridge and furrow cultivation. In about 1970 some pieces of masonry were found at Sweethope Farm, which it is thought may have belonged to former manor house or chapel associated with the medieval village.

Reference number:N9549
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)

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Source of Reference
Local History of Bavington


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