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Eardisland from Roman Times to 1949.
One parish, one church, four ancient manors, and many families
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INTRODUCTION.

Bearing in mind the proximity of a Roman road,which largely forms the eastern boundary of the parish,there is surprisingly little archaeological evidence for the period from 55BC to 410AD.

It is no surprise that from the withdrawal of Roman forces from Britain [which is often dated to 410AD but which probably started somewhat earlier] until the start of the Anglian occupation of this part of Herefordshire circa 600AD,there is largely an archaeological,and documentary,silence in our immediate area.Thereafter the Anglian invasion gradually moved westwards reaching what was to come to be known as Eardisland circa 700AD.

The earliest likely date of the building of a church at Eardisland is circa 950AD,although it must be stressed that there is no archaeological or documentary evidence of this.

By the time of the Battle of Hastings in 1066 the lands in this vicinity were held by Morcar,Earl of Northumbria:the administrative structures later known as the "manors" of Eardisland, Burton,Hinton and Twyford would have coalesced well before then;they lay within the boundaries of the parish administered for/by the church of St Mary the Virgin,Eardisland.When that (religious) administration settled within recognised boundaries is not known.
The Norman Conquest took its course-without major struggle in our immediate area it is thought.In 1086 King William 1 caused what soon became known as the Domesday Book to be compiled.Eardisland does not appear there by name (Burton,Hinton and Twyford not at all),but it is generally accepted that Eardisland is the second of the two places listed as "Lene" in this locality.

The story of Eardisland now unfolds-touched quite directly from time to time by the major events of English history,and indeed by Royalty itself.
Separate web-pages can now be accessed for the CHURCH, and shortly, BURTON, HINTON, TWYFORD, EARDISLAND itself, and many FAMILIES to be added as research progresses from 2008 onwards.

Last revision of this page - pm18 July 2008