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Monument Number 361178

Hob Uid: 361178
Location :
East Northamptonshire
Grid Ref : TL0092083330
Summary : Possible stonework fort of Early Medieval date, within which it is suggested are the earthworks of a deserted Medieval village.
More information : There is a Castle site at Wadenhoe, (Castle close, near the church" is mentioned in Bridges, Hist Northants, II 388). (1)

APs show a likely site on a hill just to the E of the church, at
TL 0090 8335. (2)

The flat topped hill to the E of the Church is "evidently natural" - there are traditions of a Roman encampment here, but Oundle School AS has been here many times and found "nothing" (Roman).

Mr Hunt knew nothing of the Castle. (3)

There are no surface traces of Castle site at Wadenhoe nor could authoritive literary evidence be found to support the traditional claim. The suggested area is occupied by extensive former quarrying with contemporary spoil heaps and roads. (4)

It is considered that the small spur, centred TL 00928333, between the church and the village is in fact fortified by a once continuous limestone rampart, within which are later remains of building platforms etc much disturbed by quarrying. The date of the rampart is unknown but could be pre-Norman Conquest - the place-name Wadenhoe has been interpreted as 'Wada's spur of land', the platforms etc are presumably post-Conquest medieval. See plan. (5)

Scheduled as a "Fortified Medieval Settlement" (which is erroneously taken as RCHM's conclusion). (6)

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Source Number : 1
Source details : Morton J. 1712. Natural History of Northants
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Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 541/602 4083-4
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Source : Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
Source details : JPG visit 9.9.67
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Source Number : 3a
Source : Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
Source details : Mr Hunt, owner of the village.
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 FDC 07-NOV-69
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Source Number : 5
Source : An inventory of the historical monuments in the County of Northampton. Volume I: archaeological sites in north-east Northamptonshire
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Page(s) : 102-3
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Source Number : 6
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : DOE (IAM) Rec Form Feb 1976
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Early Medieval
Display Date : Early Medieval
Monument End Date : 1066
Monument Start Date : 410
Monument Type : Fort
Evidence : Cropmark
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Deserted Settlement
Evidence : Earthwork

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TL 08 SW 1
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON TL 08 SW 1
Start Date : 1969-11-07
End Date : 1969-11-07
Associated Activities : Primary, CHURCH HILL, WADENHOE
Start Date : 1997-01-01
End Date : 1997-12-31