SITE 275 SWITHLAND LANE CLOSE

OS REF:SK57151385

THERE IS NO PUBLIC ACCESS TO THIS FIELD. PRIVATELY OWNED.

Swithland Lane Close. April 2007

Swithland Lane Close. April 2007

Young trees Swithland Lane Close in front of ancient boundary. April 2007

Date: 2nd May 2007

This field has been planted up in one corner with young trees and a large part is mowed. If the grass was allowed to grow it could make a lovely piece of wildflower meadow but it does look part of the adjoining property and its garden.

The Rothley Ancient Parish Boundary at the back of Swithland Lane Close. April 2007

The far side of this field is very interesting as it forms part of the Rothley Ancient Parish Boundary (RAPS) and is accessed from the garden of 201 Swithland Lane.

Swithland Lane with Swithland Lane Close on the right. March 2007

Stint W5 of the Rothley Ancient Parish Survey runs along the rear boundary of this field and is one of the most intact ancient stints.

STINT W5

Date: 2nd May 2007

Observers: Brian Verity, Terry Sheppard and Marion Vincent

Location: Garden boundary of 201 Swithland Lane, Rothley, Leicester

OS Ref: SK57131399-SK57171389

Map Title: Site 121 Swithland Lane Gardens

This is a very exciting part of the boundary.

From the end of Stint 4 where the houses finish and the road runs by the side of a triangular paddock on Swithland Lane the boundary runs along the inner hedgerow of the triangle. The stint starts at the entrance of a long, narrow drive down to a 1948 prefab set in a natural garden area.

Down the drive is an excellent mixture of hedgerow trees, which have not been cut back or disturbed, the most intact of any hedgerow so far. There is a good ditch with hedgerow species on both sides. There is good evidence of a bank down the length of this stint.

In one part there is a large species gap but this is an area of elm, one still alive confirms this and one dead, so these have been cut down and burnt in the adjoining field as evidenced by an ash pile and stump remains.

By the old garage the hedgerow becomes impenetrable for a short distance but access is gained in the last 30 metres of the stint. This gives an excellent view of the wide ditch, showing signs of moisture in the driest April since records began, and the bank with a double hedgerow.

At the end of the stint is a pond, Pond 41 Bradgate Wong Pond, which had a good quantity of water considering the lack of rain in the month. This pond is shown on the 1885 map. To the side of the pond is an Ancient Oak Tree 580 which is not actually on the boundary but it has a girth of 4.2metres so an important tree.

The species count gives an age of 575 years.

STINT W6

Date: 2nd May 2007

Observers: Brian Verity, Terry Sheppard and Marion Vincent

Location:Garden Boundary of 201 Swithland Lane, extending into fields beyond.

OS Ref: SK57171389-SK57211377

Map Title: Site 121 Swithland Lane Gardens and Site 273 Calico and Woollen Field.

Owners: Mr Eric Roberts, 201 Swithland Lane, Rothley 0116 2302551 and Mr Brian Beeby, Swithland Spring Water, Swithland, Leicester

This stint starts off at the end of the garden of 201 Swithland Lane and the first part has all the species as found in Stint W5. Sadly, when we get into the field part, the hedgerow has been decimated and brambles totally dominate except for one stretch, which is bare of all species. Where there is blackthorn in the second 30 metres it has been cut down to I metre in a box shape. The ditch is still well shown and the horses in Site 273 are fenced in by wire.

This is a good example of how an ancient boundary can be lost only a few yards from such an excellent example in Stint W5.

This is the start of a long, pretty straight section of the ancient ecclesiastical and current civil parish boundary.

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