Archaeological sites in Palterton

In historic landscape terms, Palterton is an important example of a vestigial medieval village where the classic Main Street and Back Lane arrangement for gaining access both to frontage and rear yard plots is visible.

Enclosed strips of land lying to the rear of cottage and farmstead sites are a feature of the older parts of the village.

It is the topography of the village that gives it its unusual character.

The older parts of Main Street, particularly those overlooking the scarp slope is only developed along its eastern side, the street and buildings being perched on the top of 300 foot scarp slope overlooking the Doe Lea valley.

It forms a development unique in its siting and at this location presents a superb view across the valley.

Several sites of archaeological interest have been discovered and mostly are located in three specific areas.

One area is to the north / north west of the former The Elms Farm in a location formerly known as Daw Wood (now Darwood Lane) and Spital Green.

The second area is in the valley to the west of Main Street, part being by the side of Carr Lane.

The third site, where artefacts have been found, lies to the south of the village, alongside the public footpath from the Crow Hills by the side of Greave Wood towards Glapwell. These discoveries were recovered from a field known as Great Lingfield.

Archaeological sites in Palterton


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Created 2 December 2001
Last updated: 3 February 2003