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Two closely connected sites at Southwick (centred on NGR TL029205) have produced evidence to show that the village had a thriving iron smelting industry in the 10th century.


A medieval stone hall dating from the mid-13th century may have been a manse owned by St. Mary’s Priory, Huntingdon. This building later served as a small non-ferrous workshop with hearths and a casting pit and was subsequently converted into a kitchen and brew-house before being relegated to use as an outbuilding for the 16th century Vicarage Farm.


Northamptonshire Archaeology, 29, 2000-01, 129–160  Excavations at Southwick, Northants. 1996. A G Johnston, B Bellamy, P J Foster.

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