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Possible site of medieval buildings, a possible deserted medieval settlement or a Norman motte, south of High Woolaston Farm, Woolaston.
County: Gloucestershire
District: FOREST OF DEAN
Parish: WOOLASTON
NGR: ST 57 99
Monument Number: 5025
HER 5025 DESCRIPTION:-
Possible site of a motte which probably had a square tower. A rough platform was seen during field investigation in 1970, measuring 2.5 metres square by 0.2 metres high. {Source Work 4249.}
The possible site of a Norman motte in a medieval farmhouse lies on the far side of a small valley facing High Woolaston Farm, according to F. Harris and C. Scott-Garrett, who found walls still standing to a height of 4 ft and the remains of a square room or tower on the crest of the hill. A wide ditch flanked the feature to the east and to the south were a vallum and ditch. Glazed and coarse red medieval pottery was found on the site. {Source Works 862 & 214.}
Irregular mound possibly with encircling ditch. {Source Work 862.}
The walls identified by Scott-Garrett are probably those depicted on OS 25". They were removed in 1953 according to farmer, Mr. Nicholas, and of the ditch and vallum there is now no trace. The feature noted on aerial photographs at ST57639909 is a rough platform some 2.5 metres and 0.2 metres high. It may indicate the site of the "tower or square room". {Source Work 862.}
2003 - This area was mapped at 1:10,000 scale as part of the English Heritage: Gloucestershire NMP project.
Possible Medieval settlement remains are visible on aerial photographs as a complex series of quarries, mounds and what appear to be building foundations. There is no documentary evidence to suggest this is a motte but it is unclear what these remains represent. They are perhaps the site of a settlement or farm which has been subsequently quarried or the site of a quarry with associated ancillary buildings. A system of Medieval/Post Medieval ridge and furrow situated immediately to the south and east may be associated with the site.
The supposed mound of the motte, upon which the substantial building foundations are located, appears to have been extensively quarried. It is centred at ST 5766 9916. The building foundations measure 10m by 5m and are centred at ST 5765 9916. The mound is situated next to a large cut which extends downslope to the valley floor and so the mound could simply be the upcast from this.
There are a series of possible mounds and earth covered walls, arranged around a roughly rectangular area measuring 40m by 25m, which extend southwards and upslope, from the mound. These are centred at ST 5765 9913. These appear to incorporate what could be possible building foundations in the south east corner, in the vicinity of ST 5765 9911.
To the west of these is another possible enclosure, measuring 11m by 14m, defined by a rectangular depression partially surrounded by narrow banks or possibly earth covered walls. It is centred at ST 5761 9911. {Source Works 4249, 7549, 6880 and 7646.}
A possible Medieval and/or Post Medieval field system is visible as earthworks on aerial photographs centred on ST 5771 9902. It has been ploughed level. It consists of six blocks of ridge and furrow separated by substantial banks. They extend over an area measuring 205m by 220m. {Source Works 4249, 7549 and 6880.}
High Woolaston Farm, ST57939935. A concentration of post-medieval pottery, mostly 17th century, was noted in a field. Glazed sherds from the local Stroat kiln were predominant. Two half crowns of Charles I were found in the vicinity.
Queried possible site. {Source Work 313.}
Suggested DMV site. {Source Work 1999.}

Monuments
MOTTE(MEDIEVAL)
FARMSTEAD(MEDIEVAL)
TOWER(MEDIEVAL)
FARMHOUSE(MEDIEVAL)
Associated Finds
SHERD(MEDIEVAL)
CASTLE(MEDIEVAL)
DESERTED SETTLEMENT(MEDIEVAL)

Protection Status

Sources and further reading
902;GADARG;1982;Vol:0;
214;Scott-Garrett C & Harris FH;1932;Field observations between the Severn and Wye;Vol:0;
313;DMV Research Group;1965;Vol:0;
864;RAF;1947;Vol:0;
709;RCHME;1984-1985;Vol:0;
735;Rawes B (Ed);1986;TRANSACTIONS OF THE BRISTOL AND GLOUCESTERSHIRE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY;Vol:104;Page(s):231-247;
1999;Aston M & Viner L;1981;GLEVENSIS;Vol:15;Page(s):22-29;
862;Ordnance Survey;unknown;Vol:0;
133;Hart C;1967;Archaeology in Dean;Vol:0;
863;RAF;1946;Vol:0;
4249;Historic England;Various;Vol:0;
4249;Historic England;Various;Vol:0;
7549;English Heritage;2003-4;The Forest of Dean and Cotswolds National Mapping Programme Project maps;
6880;RAF;1946;
7646;Meridian Airmaps Limited;1953;
15250;Various;2003-4;

Related records
FOREST OF DEAN NMP PROJECT;198700
SHINE;GC1325
HER   19984     Post medieval settlement at High Woolaston.
FOREST OF DEAN NMP PROJECT;1389821

Source
Gloucestershire County Council: Historic Environment Record Archive