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Iron Age And Roman Worfield

A description of the parish of Worfield in Iron Age and Roman times. The history of Chesterton Hill Fort. Tim Malin speaking at the Shropshire Archaeological Society Meeting September 2014 spoke of Whitchurch being the centre of the a strategic road network which predated Roman invasion. Bog bodies have been found and this was in Iron Age and Roman times a very wet area. The burials are linked with boundaries. Whitchurch was the earliest Roman town. The early Roman roads were straight and then others would link in with them but there was already a pattern of roads along which animals were traded and people moved goods such as salt. Roman road structure is distinctive, there is a camber, a ditch and some form of metalling.

People have pondered about the meaning of Walls - why was the Chesterton Hill Fort known by that name. The fact is that Walls was a perfect description of a sheer sandstone drop. We see it at Walstone near St Peter's Well in Hallonsford in addition to the Chesterton usage. In this Worfield Court Roll of 1456 (P314/W/1/1/311 held at Shropshire Archives) there is this piece about a weir. So rather than the Walls describing the wall around the Iron Age Hill Fort it may be that it comes from the natural topgraphy of sheer drops of sandstone particularly on the south side

To this court came John Snell and took from the lord a weir place lying next to the weir parrok of John de Bradeney part of Chesterton Walls on the one part and Hilton Walls on the other part holding from the lord the said weir for the term of  his life giving rent per annum to the lord of  4d on condition that no fishing nets are put  between Hoggemans Meadow and the said weir

 

 

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