(OS 1:10000 a SK 90 SE, b SP 99 NE, c TF 00 SW, d TL 09 NW)
The parish, covering some 520 hectares, lies on land
rising steeply between 100 ft. and 300 ft. above OD
from the R. Welland which forms its W. boundary.
Apart from a small area of Boulder Clay on the S.E., the
whole parish is on limestone.
Prehistoric and Roman
a(1) Enclosure (SK 985012; Fig. 13), close to the river, on
the E. side of the Welland Valley, on limestone at 125 ft. above
OD. Three sides of a rectangular enclosure, with a probable
hut-circle in the S.E. corner, are visible on air photographs.
(Air photographs in NMR)
a(2) Roman Settlement and Burial (?) (SK 988005), S. of
the village on limestone at 200 ft. above OD. Sherds of pottery,
later reconstructed into two complete 2nd-century pots, were
found during drainage works in 1967 (BNFAS, 2 (1967), 9).
Nearby, at SK 98911048, a scatter of stone with pottery and tiles
has been found subsequently. Early in 1973 a skeleton was
uncovered during building work a little to the N. at SK 98890053
(Stamford Mercury, 19 Jan. 1973).
Medieval and Later
a(3) Windmill mound (SK 99360129), on the crest of a hill,
overlooking the R. Welland 230 ft. above OD. The Enclosure
Map of 1775 (NRO) shows a windmill, apparently of post-mill
type, at this point. Now only a slight mound, 12 m. in diam.
and almost ploughed-out, remains.
(4) Cultivation remains. The common fields of the parish
were finally enclosed by an Act of Parliament of 1774 (NRO,
Map of 1775). Immediately before that date there were three
common fields N., E. and S. of the village; the fields were
then shown as containing a number of enclosed strips. Ridgeand-furrow within these common fields can be traced on air
photographs and takes the form of interlocked and end-on
furlongs usually C-curved. Similar ridge-and-furrow which
lay within old enclosures in 1775 can also be traced.
A single block of reversed-S curved ridge-and-furrow is
visible W. of Assart Farm, surrounded by woodland (SK
997000) in an area which was part of the farm in 1798 (map
in NRO) and which probably came into being as the result of
piecemeal medieval forest clearance. (VCH Northants., II (1906),
561–2; RAF VAP CPE/UK 1891, 4051–2; 1925, 2130–1, 4121–30;