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Monument record MDR1792 - Shrunken medieval village, Tunstead, Wormhill

Type and Period (3)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

Irregular undulations in rough pasture at Tunstead, possibly the site of buildings. (1) Tunstead, Shrunken Medieval Village: the earliest documentary record of the site dates from 1251. (2) The Tunstead crofts reveal innumerable earthwork remains of many small buildings and houses that were constructed and later cleared away for redevelopment of the farmsteads during the 18th and 19th centuries. These earthworks have gradually been overlain by water-borne soils from an adjoining ridge. Clearance and ploughing of the area would be unremunerative, and thus the earlier features remain intact, with the likelihood of good stratigraphy. (3) A shrunken Medieval village has been recorded at Tunstead. Ten crofts have been recognised, although their visibility was described as being poor. (4) Some traces of ground disturbance are visible on air photographs immediately to the south-east of Tunstead Farm. (5,6)

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <1> Index: North Derbyshire Archaeological Trust (NDAT). North Derbyshire Archaeological Trust Index. 2552, 2553.
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: Cameron, K. 1959. The Place-Names of Derbyshire, Part I. English Place-Name Society, Vol. XXVII..
  • <3> Unpublished document: Hart, C (NDAC). 1976. Archaeological survey of Wormhill, a Peakland Parish under threat. pp 7-8; fig 7.
  • <4> Bibliographic reference: Hart, C (NDAT). 1981. The North Derbyshire Archaeological Survey to AD 1500. p 128.
  • <5> Aerial Photograph: OS. 1971. A.P's: 71 098 369-370.
  • <6> Personal Observation: R1 JSH 17-NOV-83.



Grid reference Centred SK 1093 7505 (333m by 260m) (Approximate)

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (1)

  • EDR3805

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Record last edited

Mar 23 2015 9:29AM

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