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Trail: Stuchbury

Stuchbury, its name of Anglo Saxon origins, is a deserted village. It is bounded on the north by Sulgrave, on the east by Helmdon, on the south by Greatworth and on the west by Marston St Lawrence.

It probably had its first inhabitants in Anglo-Saxon times, but by the time of the Norman Conquest the population had dropped to sixteen people. In 1110 a cell of Cluniac monks formed St Andrew's Priory, which lasted until the Dissolution of the monasteries in 1537, when the estate was re-granted to Lawrence Washington of Sulgrave Manor. Then the land went over to sheep, and the demise of Stuchbury as a flourishing village had begun, with Robert (Lawrence Washington's son) pulling down houses to make use of the land for wool and stapling purposes.

In 1674 there were four houses left, and that is also the number of houses there today namely Stuchbury Hall, Stuchbury Manor and two cottages. The original village site is the area where Stuchbury Hall now stands and the sunken roadway which leads from the Hall down to the ford would have been the village street, and is a visible feature of a "lost village" site.

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