Monument record M2562 - Annesley Deserted Medieval Village


DESERTED SETTLEMENT (Medieval to Stuart)


Grid reference Centred SK 50593 52374 (338m by 326m)
Map sheet SK55SW
District Ashfield
Civil Parish Annesley, Ashfield


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Annesley included in list of probably Med depopulated villages - High tax quota and low relief in 1434. An emparking enclosure. (1)
The Rt Hon Patricius Viscount Chaworth inherits this Mannor ... where he hath also a most pleasant Park, which, by removing away some houses, he hath lately made to come up so near the House, as to be contiguous to the Gardens (Thoroton, ie by 1677). (2)
The site of the village destroyed in the C17 is, I believe, in the Cricket Field, E of All Saints Church (M2561). The field was ploughed, for the first time in living memory, during the 1939-45 war and the sites of about 6 houses with 2 wells (M8936,7) and a length of road were revealed. Many potsherds were found and several fragments of bottles; one of the latter has a seal dated 1660. (3)
The area indicated by (3) falls along the W edge of an arable field now under a cereal crop, potatoes and kale. A considerable scatter of thin, "Tudor" brick, tiles and stone, some mortared, can be seen but the precise locations of individual buildings could not be identified. The surface of the field is uneven but there are no extant earthworks. The sites of at least 3 pottery kilns are visible (see M8933-5). Other material found in the area included fragments of bottles and other glass, contemporary porcelain and china sherds, glazed tiles and nails, etc. (5)
See M8292 for C19 village site, M2561 for church, M2563 for castle, M2564 for park.
See M8933, M8934, M8935 for pottery kilns.
See M8936 and M8937 for wells.

<1> Beresford M, 1954, The Lost Villages of England, p 376 (Published document). SNT475.

<2> Throsby J, 1790, Thoroton's History of Notts Vol 2, p 268 (Published document). SNT1346.

<3> Musters JN Lt Col, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT933.

<4> Pitman, Mr, 1959, Director, Nottm Castle Museum - Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT614.

<5> Woodhouse WC, 1959, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT1437.

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Published document: Beresford M. 1954. The Lost Villages of England. p 376.
  • <2> Published document: Throsby J. 1790. Thoroton's History of Notts Vol 2. p 268.
  • <3> Personal comment: Musters JN Lt Col. Pers Comm.
  • <4> Personal comment: Pitman, Mr. 1959. Director, Nottm Castle Museum - Pers Comm.
  • <5> Personal comment: Woodhouse WC. 1959. Pers Comm.

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Record last edited

Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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