Lark Stoke



Site type: DMV

Earthwork remains of the settlement of Lark Stoke can be seen on either side of a stream to the south of Lower Lark Stoke. At least ten crofts have been identified. [1] There is also evidence of a number of hollow ways. [1] It is suggested that the manorial complex for the settlement is located close to the modern Lower Lark Stoke Farm, and excavations in 1995 to the south of the current house revealed stone wall footings and nine possible burials, suggesting the location of a chapel. [2] Pottery recovered from the excavation mainly dates between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries. The area has also been surveyed as part of the Admington Survey Project by Professor Christopher Dyer. Field walking finds suggest that the open fields of the village were still in operation after the village was deserted. [3]

Lark Stoke is recorded in Domesday with a minimum population of ten. In 1327 six people were assessed. [4] It pays an average Lay Subsidy in 1334. In 1381 25 people pay the Poll Tax, but by 1525 the settlement is being taxed with Admington. A rental of 1447 recorded ten tenants, but five were absent, suggesting only five households by this point. [1] It is suggested the village went into decline in the later fifteenth century. [1]

Appears in the Gazetteer of Deserted Medieval Villages known in 1968.

[1] Scheduled Monument List Entry 1016568.
[2] Nenk, B.S., S. Margeson and M. Hurley 1996. ‘Medieval Britain and Ireland in 1995’, Medieval Archaeology 40: 234-318.
[3] Dyer, C. 1998. ‘Medieval Pottery from the Admington Survey: Some Preliminary Conclusions’, Medieval Settlement Research Group Annual Report 13: 24-25.
[4] Franklin, P. 1993. The Taxpayers of Medieval Gloucestershire. Stroud: Alan Sutton: 64.
Pre-1974 county:
Historic parish:
Lark Stoke
Present county or unitary area:
Modern parish:
Grid reference:
SP 197438

Documentary resources
Domesday reference:
GLOS 12,8. EvO1 note;3;5 note
Domesday minimum number of individuals:
Taxation 1291 (main):
Not recorded
Taxation 1291 (portions):
Not recorded
Lay subsidy 1334 total paid:
Poll Tax 1377 number who paid:
No surviving record
Poll Tax 1377 total paid:
No surviving record
Poll Tax 1379 number who paid:
No surviving record
Poll Tax 1379 total paid:
No surviving record
Poll Tax 1381 number who paid:
Poll Tax 1381 total paid:
Lay subsidy 1524 number who paid:
No surviving record
Lay Subsidy 1524 total paid:
No surviving record
Lay Subsidy 1525 number who paid:
16 (Admington and)
Lay Subsidy 1525 total paid:
520 (Admington and)
Lay Subsidy 1543/4 number who paid:
Diocesan returns 1563:
Not recorded
Census 1801 total population:
12 (Hamlet)
Census 1841 total population:
18 (Hamlet)
Census 1841 inhabited houses:
E179 date and type last doc:
1695 Nov 22 or later aid of four shillings in the pound for one year
Additional information
Alternative names:
Presumed date of depopulation:
NMR number:
HER number:
WARW 1829
Investigation history:
1990-1996 Survey.
1995 Excavation.
2002-2006 North Gloucestershire Cotswolds and Forest of Dean NMP.
Cartographic or photographic records:
NMR SP 1943/1-1943/5 (21114/19-23) Taken 13 February 2001.
Site status:
Scheduled 1016568
x coordinate:
y coordinate:
Beresford, M. 1954. The Lost Villages of England. London: Lutterworth Press: 351.
Beresford, M. and J.G. Hurst (eds) 1971. Deserted Medieval Villages. London: Lutterworth.
See also:
NMR Pastscape
Open Domesday