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HER Number MWB3740
Record Type Monument
Name HAMSTEAD MARSHALL PARK FISHPONDS

Grid Reference SU 427 665
Map Sheet SU46NW
Parish Hamstead Marshall, West Berkshire
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Summary

TWO LARGE FISHPONDS, POSSIBLY ORIGINALLY THREE (AS THE ONE TO THE NE HAS A BANK ALMOST ACROSS ITS ENTIRE WIDTH).

Other Statuses and Cross-References

  • Berkshire SMR No. (pre 2000): 01838.00.000

Monument Type(s):

  • FISHPOND (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • FISHPOND (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)

Full Description

These fishponds lie within the Registered Hamstead Marshall park, but not within a scheduled area. It is possible that their creation was linked with the management of deer, as a water supply would have been necessary within the deer park <2>. A possible (earlier) second set of fishponds exists in between the two castles mottes to the west of these ponds.

The Registered Park description <4> suggests that the deer park and fishponds date from at least the early 13th century.

Sources and further reading

<01>Page and Ditchfield (eds). 1924. Victoria County History (VCH) Berks IV 1924. Vol 4. p182. [Monograph / SWB10281]
http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/berks/vol4 (Accessed 24/09/2015)
<02>English Heritage. 1997?. Monument Class Descriptions. http://www.eng-h.gov.uk/mpp/mcd/index.htm. Accessed 28/11/2006. Deer Parks. [Website / SWB146850]
http://www.eng-h.gov.uk/mpp/mcd/index.htm (Accessed 02/04/2012)
<03>Babtie. 1995. Hamstead Park Historic Tree Survey and Management Plan. [Unpublished document / SWB146846]
<04>Historic England (previously English Heritage). 1987. Register of Parks and Gardens of special historic interest in England. Hamstead Marshall Park. [Unpublished document / SWB12616]

Related Monuments

MWB3332HAMSTEAD PARK - General record (Landscape)
MWB15773Hamstead Park (Park) (Landscape)

Associated Excavations and Fieldwork

EWB912Hamstead Park Historic Tree Survey and Management Plan
EWB1677Hamstead Park Revised Parkland Plan