Medieval Village of Little Broughton

WhereMedieval Village of Little BroughtonType of EventSite Visit
WhenTuesday 17th JuneTutorRobin Daniels

Around 50 members assembled on the site of the deserted medieval village (Broctune Parva) and were met by Robin Daniels the senior officer of Tees Archaeology. He handed out a copy of an aerial photograph of the site. He explained that Norman villages were first constructed and then people were brought in from outlying farms, giving the Normans more control over them. In line with other sites in northern Britain, he explained, the tied properties to the north edge had rectangular plots with a back service lane for access to ridge and furrow fields beyond.  To the south of the beck were a variety of farm homesteads and long houses, housing both cattle and people, and lying along a clear raised lane above the flood plain. He also thought the lozenge shaped ditch close to the river was a likely mill site.  He pointed out a clear ditch and embankment, which would have contained cattle and a back lane, now the line of the current road. 

Across the road at Red Hall, Robin Daniels explained that the Hall would have begun as a simple farmstead, housing people at one end and livestock the other. As the family fortunes improved, the building was given a more auspicious fa├žade, evidenced by the ties seen at each side of the building. The roof was also raised as the change in brickwork shows. At that time brick was considered better than the local stone. 

Afterwards we were entertained in the garden of the Hall with drinks and light refreshments, courtesy of our hosts, Mr and Mrs Mark Sutcliffe.

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