Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Marston Trussell: A shrunken medieval village

The second Marston Trussell Beer Festival takes place this weekend (19-21 June). I visited the first one last year.

But my reason for writing about the village this time is that I have just come across an account of an archaeological dig that took place there last summer:
The village is first mentioned in the Domesday Book (AD 1086) as Mersitone, meaning marsh settlement; the Trussell family presumably adding their name to the village after they became lords of the manor in the 13th century. 
Today, the village is much reduced but its original extent ... is clearly visible in aerial photographs, with extensive earthworks to the east around the church and to the north of the present village framing its ‘shrunken’ size.

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