Prestley Country Park
Grange Farm has a number of key assets and inherited features which form the foundation of any future plans.
What is Prestley Wood?
Prestley Wood contains a Scheduled Ancient Monument of national importance. The medieval moated site in Prestley Wood includes two moated islands, one contained within the other, in which a Manor House would have sat. It has been identified as the manor of Prestleys, granted to Simon de Senliz in the early 13th century. Simon’s successors held the manor until the mid-14th century when it was granted to Nicholas Stukeley, becoming part of the Stukeley estates.
The majority of moated sites served as prestigious aristocratic residences with the moat intended as a status symbol rather than a practical military defence. There are about 6000 moated sites in England with most built between 1250 and 1350 AD.
We will take forward extensive archaeological surveys as part of restoring the site. This will enable us to take forward sympathetic restoration, and appropriate interpretation and events which celebrate this important asset and the people who lived and worked there.
What is Ridge and Furrow?
This is an archaeological pattern of ridges and troughs created by a traditional system of ploughing. It was used in Europe during the Middle Ages, when people owned a single strip of land within one field.
The ridges formed drier land well suited to growing crops, while some of the wetter furrow areas could grow pulses (peas or beans) or dredge (a mixture of oats and barley), increasing what could be grown from a limited strip of land.
The dip often marked the boundary between plots, and strips would traditionally be a furlong (a ‘furrow-long’) in length (about 200 metres), and from about 4.6 metres up to a chain wide (about 20 metres).
Prestley County Park
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Stukeleys Parish Council have suggested that Prestley Country Park shows the prominence of the historic wood within the area. Feedback
The Park is large enough to incorporate a range of woodland and grassland types which provide a diversity of habitats for people and nature to enjoy. We have drawn on the feedback from the previous consultation events about the type of landscape people want to enjoy and nature needs, and started to pull it into a framework to progress to detailed design. We welcome your thoughts on how the designs are developing.