The Local Plan and Local Heritage Report
Just in case you have missed appendix AD/1 of North Warwickshire’s Local Plan documents it is reproduced here. This Appendix covers a survey carried out by professionals at LUC looking at what heritage assets we have in our area and how they could be affected by the new build.
Section 5 of the report deals with Dordon and Polesworth and is well worth a look.
One of the Grade II listed features that will be affected by the new build is the obelisk and its surroundings.
The obelisk was erected by Sir George Chetwynd in the 19th Century after work on the railway had uncovered graves associated with the chapel of St Leonard at Hoo. The chapel itself was commissioned by Roger de Grendon in the 1100’s and was later given to Polesworth Abbey. The chapel had two priests living there so presumably there would be archaeological evidence of dwellings as well as the chapel and graveyard. The chapel was demolished in 1538 in the time of Henry VIII. At that time, the Priests were being paid £10 a year! For more information about the Hoo Obelisk, Margaret Henley has written a great article on “Visit Polesworth”. Although now in Polesworth Parish we know that in the 18th Century this area was classed as Dordon. Although the Obelisk is not on the original site of the chapel the whole area is sensitive as it is also very likely the site of an Iron Age Hillfort.
Another historically sensitive area is the surroundings of Dordon Hall. The survey reports that not only will part of the original gardens be affected by the new build but also the surroundings to the east where some of the farm buildings date back to the 17th Century.
The survey records the site of cottages surrounding Hollies Wood which can be seen on the 1850’s Tithe Map.
There is a lot of valuable information in the report, so it is well worth a look!
The survey results are ready!
Visit the dedicated Dordon Neighbourhood Plan website, to see the latest:
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
How far have we got?
Many thanks to the children of Dordon Primary School, who have provided us with lots of lovely artwork for our neighbourhood plan!