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Name:Deserted medieval village site, Arleston, Barrow upon Trent
HER No.:16715
Type of Record:Monument
Designation:None recorded


The probable site of the deserted medieval village of Arleston; now no more than a farm.

Grid Reference:SK 335 297

Monument Types

Associated Finds: None recorded

Associated Events

  • EDR757 - Ordnance Survey Field Report, 02-OCT-67

Full Description

[SK 335 297] The lost village of Arleston is now no more than a farm. (1) Arleston consisted of two manors prior to the Conquest, the lords being Colgrim and Ravenkel. In 1086 Arleston, written as "Erlestune" in Domesday Book, was part of the estates of Henry de Ferrers, with 7 villagers being recorded. (2)

Signs of disturbance are visible on aerial photographs at SK 335 298 but this may be due to surface quarrying. (3-5) Area under crop, but the farmer recalls that at each ploughing building material comes to the surface in a field at SK 33502970. (6)

The undulating arable land surrounding Arleston House Farm, was perambulated after recent ploughing. A light scatter of roughly faced building stones spreads over an area of some five acres, centred SK 33512977; nothing else of interest was seen or found. (7)

Destruction of the site by ploughing was reported by Dr. P. Strange in c.1968. (8)

Ridge and furrow abutting the Trent & Mersery Canal to the south of the possible DMV site; transcribed at a scale of 1:10,000. (9)

Medieval/post-medieval boundary ditches, other ditches and a hollow way were identified as earthworks and cropmarks within this area on aerial photographs dating to between 1970 and 1995. Medieval ridge and furrow earthworks were also identified. (10)

<1> 'Lost Villages of England' 1954 346 (M Beresford) (Bibliographic reference). SDR375.

<2> Wood, S (translator), 1978, Domesday Book: Derbyshire (Phillimore edition) (Bibliographic reference). SDR18516.

<3> 1950, A.P's 541.445.4141-3, 1.3.50 (Aerial Photograph). SDR771.

<4> APs (J Pickering SK2018/3 4 (JK St Joseph VW50 AFY22 YL90) (Aerial Photograph). SDR1407.

<5> St Joseph, J K, J K St Joseph SC/95 (Aerial Photograph). SDR1012.

<6> F1 JB 26-JUL-66 (Personal Observation). SDR6395.

<7> F2 FRH 02-OCT-67 (Personal Observation). SDR6582.

<8> DMV Res Gp Annual Rep 16 1968 (Article in serial). SDR5046.

<9> Whiteley, S, 1989, Aerial Photographic Transcripton Project (Archive). SDR1127.

<10> Archaeological Research Services (ARS) Ltd, 2009/2010, Aerial Photographic Mapping Survey carried out as part of an Aggregates Resource Project (Digital data). SDR21002.

Sources and Further Reading

[1]SDR375 - Bibliographic reference: 'Lost Villages of England' 1954 346 (M Beresford).
[2]SDR18516 - Bibliographic reference: Wood, S (translator). 1978. Domesday Book: Derbyshire (Phillimore edition).
[3]SDR771 - Aerial Photograph: 1950. A.P's 541.445.4141-3, 1.3.50.
[4]SDR1407 - Aerial Photograph: APs (J Pickering SK2018/3 4 (JK St Joseph VW50 AFY22 YL90).
[5]SDR1012 - Aerial Photograph: St Joseph, J K. J K St Joseph SC/95.
[6]SDR6395 - Personal Observation: F1 JB 26-JUL-66.
[7]SDR6582 - Personal Observation: F2 FRH 02-OCT-67.
[8]SDR5046 - Article in serial: DMV Res Gp Annual Rep 16 1968.
[9]SDR1127 - Archive: Whiteley, S. 1989. Aerial Photographic Transcripton Project.
[10]SDR21002 - Digital data: Archaeological Research Services (ARS) Ltd. 2009/2010. Aerial Photographic Mapping Survey carried out as part of an Aggregates Resource Project.