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SITE 212 CHURCH WARDENS LAND

OS REF:SK584116

Date: 2nd November 2005

Our first visit to this field was to gain access to the Parish Boundary for Stint 28 of RAPS (Rothley Ancient Parish Survey).

On the maps it shows a hedgerow boundary through the centre of this field and a Field Pond serving both fields on each side. This pond was in existence in 1994, see photograph, and surrounded by hawthorn although the boundary hedge had been removed. The pond has since been filled in but I have recorded this as Pond Site 30 Church Wardens Pond.

The Treasurer of Rothley Parish Church receives a rental twice a year from the user of this field. This field appears on a map of 1780 as in the ownership of the 'Churchwardens of the Rothley Church'.

A return will be made to record the other boundaries and features.

Site 212 May 2010

Site 212 Ancient Parish Boundary hedgerow. November 2005

Site 212 November 2005

Site 212 Looking to Black Hovel Spinney. November 2005

Site 212 Looking to Black Hovel Spinney. November 2005

Site 212 Terry standing on the site of Pond 30 Church Wardens Land. November 2005

Site 212 Pond 30 Church Wardens Pond in 1994.
The pond straddling the ridge line in the green edged Church Fields (see below). The hedge has gone. The line of the ridge continues to an unusual dog leg in the Broadnook Spinney

Site 212 Map of 1885

Site 212 Pond 32 Boundary Pond. January 2006

Site 212 Pond 32 Boundary Pond. January 2006

ROTHLEY ANCIENT PARISH SURVEY (RAPS)

STINT 28

Date: 9th November 2005

Observers: Brian Verity, Janice Verity, Terry Sheppard, Marion Vincent

Location: Site accessed from the old A6, along the public footpath and through Broadnook Spinney

OS Ref: SK58511150-SK558591161

Map Title: Site 211 South Field (Baguleys) and Site 212 Church Wardens Land

Owners: Mr Tony Cooper, Southfield Farm, Town Green Street, Rothley fro Stint 28A and Mr Bill Wright, Brookfield Farm, Hallfields Lane, Rothley Stint 28B onwards.

It was decided to approach this part of the boundary from Broadnook Spinney on the Wanlip side due to access problems experienced on the previous stint caused by an additional newer ditch on the Rothley side. However, an unmanaged spinney with fallen trees is still not easy but as we have now seen the newer ditch merged with the boundary ditch we will access Stint 29 from the Rothley side.

Once again we have the boundary bordering an unmanaged spinney so the original hedgerow has suffered badly from competition from trees and overcrowding. In addition, at some fairly recent point, the newer ditch has been re-dug using a mechanical digger as evidenced by the soil mound on the Wanlip side. This soil makes a bank, also covers fallen trees and makes access to the boundary very difficult in places. It is also evident that the digger has damaged some of the boundary hedgerow bordering the pasture field of Church Wardens Land but the cattle are restricted by an electric fence so the hawthorn hedging was not essential to the farmer.

If you look carefully you can still see parts of ancient hawthorn stumps and a small amount of elm shows good re-growth. I know from living in the village for over 40 years that there were many mature Elms on Brookfield Farm.

We will continue this part of the boundary from the field side of Rothley.

STINT 29

Date: 9th November/30th November 2005

Observers: Brian Verity, Janice Verity, Terry Sheppard, Marion Vincent

Location: Site accessed from the old A6, along the public footpath into South Hall Field Site 160, under the barbed wire and electric fence into Brookfield Site 220 and finally into Church Wardens Land Site 212

OS Ref: SK58591161-SK58611175

Map Title: Site 212 Church Wardens Land

Owners: Mr Bill Wright, Brookfield Farm, Hallfields Lane, Rothley, Leics.

This was easier access to the boundary hedge on the 30th November than the previous week from Broadnook Spinney. The boundary hedgerow continued as in Stint 28 with Broadnook Spinney still running alongside the whole of the stint with fallen trees and lots of shading of the boundary species. There was some evidence here of the hawthorn having been laid many years ago. Also, some good small stretches of blackthorn. It was good to see strong re-growth of Elm in Stint 29C, I wonder how long it will last before it dies back?

The ditch was very full of water.

Where Site 211 South Field (Bagguleys) joins Site 212 Church Wardens Land they are divided by a good, strong hawthorn hedge but there is an interesting small piece of land on the Church Warden's side where it borders the boundary. There is a small pond, Pond 32, full on the 30th November 2005 that is enclosed by 4 Ash trees, none of which can be classed as 'Ancient', but this only appears to provide water for one field when they normally are at a junction to provide for two or three. Also, although it has been filled in, there was another pond in Site 212, which did serve two fields. There is a considerable rise in the land around the pond on one side and also evidence of heaped soil that would have come from the digging of the ditch running from the pond down to the ditch that runs along our boundary. This piece of land and pond are shown on the old maps. A further visit is needed for completion of the details and photographs, as the weather had turned wet since our arrival at the site. More research is needed on old maps to see what is revealed about this pond and site.

STINT 30

Date: 4th January 2006

Observers: Brian Verity, Terry Sheppard, Marion Vincent

Location: Site accessed from the old A6, along the public footpath into South Hall Field Site 160, under the barbed wire and now two electric fences into Brookfield Site 220 by Black Hovel Spinney into Church Wardens Land Site 212

OS Ref: SK58611175-SK58651181

Map Title: Site 212 Church Wardens Land and Site 214 Wanlip Sic

Owners: Mr Bill Wright, Brookfield Farm, Hallfields Lane, Rothley, Leics.

Another dull, overcast, chilly day, not good for photographs so hoping for an improvement next week.

Once again, the boundary continues as in Stint 29 with its spacing and more evidence of old fencing with the cross pieces threaded through the holes in the uprights. The hedgerow gets more sparse with Stint 30C having only a quarter of it with any hawthorn or other hedging. Towards the end of this part it changes from Site 212 Church Wardens land to Site 214 Wanlip Sic. At the end of the dividing hedgerow the line of the ditch changes slightly and widens to resemble a small pond area with water. Yet again, more map research needed about this. The remainder of the stint is very gappy, the spinney which borders it is in a very bad state with fallen trees which would crash into the boundary and weaken it.

A very poor piece of the Ancient Parish Boundary.

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