Old Arley Nr Nuneaton Site 2 Saturday 28th October

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We have a revisit booked at our Old Arley site 2 near Nuneaton, it is 80 acres of cultivated and rolled land.

We have previously visited this site on two occasions and it has produced some wonderful finds both times including a Mary Groat, Hammered Coins, Roman Coins and a very interesting Jug.

Old Arley is included in the Domesday Book which was compiled in 1086. In its entry there the village, which is named as Arei, has four households, 2 men’s plough teams, Woodland of 1.5 by 1 leagues. In 1066 the lord of the manor was Earl Edwin, and in 1086 the lord of the manor was Princess Christina who was also listed as the Tenant-in-chief. The parish had a taxable value of 1 geld unit per year. The village and parish was foremost a farming community and had several hamlets within its parish which combined slowly into the village of Old Arley: Gun Hill, Slowley Hill, Devitt’s Green and Ballard’s Green. The village was centered on the gothic, stone-built parish church of Saint Wilfrid.


Samuel Lewis described the village in 1848:

ARLEY (St. Wilfrid), a parish, in the union of Nuneaton…hundred of Knightlow, N. division of the county of Warwick, 8 miles (N. N. W.) from Coventry; containing 265 inhabitants. The parish is traversed by the road from Coventry to Tamworth, and comprises 1929a. 29p. of land, the greater portion of which is pasture and meadow; 140 acres are wood, and 20 common or waste. The soil is variable, some parts good, and some stiff clay; the surface is undulated, and the scenery picturesque. lime in considerable quantities, and stone for the roads, are obtained here. The chief proprietor is Alfred Ashley Vaughton, Esq., of Fillongley Lodge. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £9. 0. 7½.; patron and incumbent, the Rev. R. R. Vaughton: the tithes have been commuted for £336. 8., and the glebe consists of 74 acres. The church is an ancient edifice, with a square tower. £20 yearly out of lands producing upwards of £200 per annum, left by William Avery, and a donation of the interest of £600 in the new three-and-a-half per cents, by John and Francis Holmes, go towards the support of a free school. A Sunday school is supported by the rector.

In 1881 the population of the village was 207 and by 1891 it had risen to 216.


In 1900 the Kelly’s Directory includes a Post Office, with a post box built into the wall, which was said to be by the church. There was also a mixed free school which had been opened in 1875 for an attendance of a capacity of sixty, but had an only an average attendance of thirty-three pupils. There was also a railway station with station master Alfred Lingdon. Kelly’s also lists a total of twenty farms, one mill and one public house, the Wagon Load of Lime. There was also one shop.

This event will start at 9am after a short briefing so please arrive between 8am and 8.45am. Parking will be on the edge of the field if it is dry, if not it will be on the grass verge on the side of the road.

There will be no catering at this event so please bring food and refreshments with you.

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Old Arley Site 2 Nr Nuneaton SATURDAY 28th October


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    Hi, I have registered my interest in this event , can you please confirm the cost?

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    Hi also, can someone provide the postcode of where the dig will be thanks?

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    Can’t wait for my first organised dig. Been trying to get permission for about 12 months but could not find anywhere

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    leslie James bentley


    Hi is there any where to park a motor home, or would it be best to leave it at the camp site hoar park farm, we have a tow car, so we can still travel, when do we get directions please…thankyou …les

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