The Fillingham Project overview - Fieldwork July 2000 - Settlement Evidence The Field Survey

Excavation and a field survey were undertaken in July 2000 by a team of students from Sheffield University, under the direction of Dr Dawn Hadley and Dr Andrew Chamberlain, and the supervision of Dr Glyn Davies (ARCUS) and Jo Buckberry.

The Field Survey

field survey mapped

The field survey mapped medieval earthworks surrounding the village, revealing its shrunken nature. Extensive areas of ridge and furrow were evident to the west of the village (highlighted in blue), along with medieval tofts and crofts immediately adjacent to the present settlement area (highlighted in green). Some of the smaller features (also green) close to the edge of the lake may pertain to its construction in the post-medieval period. This shows that Fillingham was once much larger than it is at present, reinforcing the conclusions made of the documentary evidence, which revealed that Fillingham had six manors and a church at Domesday.

In addition, a hollow way continuing the line of Willingham Road was identified (highlighted in red). This continues on the north side of the lake (which was constructed in the late 18th or 19th century), and was probably once a thoroughfare to Glentworth to the north. To the south the line is continued in the form of modern footpaths, indicating that this lane may also have extended to Ingham. The line of the lane parallel to the hollow way on the east is continued along another field boundary, possibly indicating that Fillingham once had a planned layout.