Deserted Medieval Village near Brampton
The remains of part of the deserted medieval settlement of Houghton was excavated as part of the A14 work.
This settlement was an outlier to the main settlement at Brampton, with no church or manor house. It is therefore defined as a ‘hamlet’ rather than a ‘village’. It developed on the western edge of the territory of Brampton, c. 250m to the north-west of Brampton Wood and 200m to the east of the Great North Road. It would likely have been located here potentially partly because of its proximity to the Great North Road (with the blacksmiths being used by people travelling up and down the road), and the proximity to Brampton Wood for timber and other supplies.
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