In 1300, farming followed a 2-year cycle. The demesne area was therefore divided into two fields: the North Field and the East Field. The open fields were divided into the West Field and the South Field, the boundary being the Town Ditch, i.e. Water Lane. This map shows the approximate location of these four fields.
This is a reconstruction by Professor Chibnall originally published as Map 4 in his book "Sherington: Fiefs and Fields of a Buckinghamshire Village". The original black and white map was drawn by Mr E W Tole. It has been digitally enhanced to remove blemishes on the paper copy and colour shading (plus the red dividing lines) has been added to improve clarity.
By 1580, farming had changed to a more productive three-year cycle, as shown on the 1580 map.
Note: the division is approximate and is only intended to give a general indication. Parts of the shaded areas were woods, cow pasture, meadows or closes, and not arable fields.
Complete map of Sherington.