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HHER Number:1659
Type of record:Monument
Name:EARTHWORKS, THERFIELD

Summary

Earthworks which may be manorial or connected with the motte

Grid Reference:TL 334 374
Map Sheet:TL33NW
Parish:Therfield, North Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire
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Monument Types

  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1500 AD)
  • SHRUNKEN VILLAGE? (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1500 AD)

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Medieval Settlement Earthworks, Therfield

Full description

Earthworks, including ditches, platforms and quarry pits, are almost certainly the remains of medieval settlement at Therfield <2>. As OS description, but also some further quarry pits <2>.
The strange shape of the earthworks does not suggest house platforms; they may have more to do with the motte and bailey [67], or its probable late Saxon antecedent.
See [22] for the village.


CUCAP, Earthworks of abandoned settlement and cultivation, Therfield, PNO 3265 (Aerial Photograph). SHT14442.


Herts County Council 25" Vertical Photomaps, Earthworks of ditches, house platforms and quarry pits, Therfield, PNO 3569 (Aerial Photograph). SHT14857.


OS Records (Index). SHT8223.


<1> Cave-Penny, Helena (HCC) site report, 4.2.86 (Unpublished document). SHT4214.

Sources and further reading

---Aerial Photograph: CUCAP. Earthworks of abandoned settlement and cultivation, Therfield. PNO 3265.
---Aerial Photograph: Herts County Council 25" Vertical Photomaps. Earthworks of ditches, house platforms and quarry pits, Therfield. PNO 3569.
---Index: OS Records.
<1>Unpublished document: Cave-Penny, Helena (HCC) site report. 4.2.86.