Ravenserod

 

 

Site type: DMV

This is one of two settlements that developed in the shifting sands of the Humber around Spurn Point. This settlement was also known as Ravenser Odd and replaced Ravenser (also known as Ravenser Old). The locations of both these settlements have been lost to the sea and are not firmly located. Also the similarity in the names has often caused confusion and made the two settlements hard to distinguish. Sheppard has it located to the east of Spurn, while Boyle has it to the west. Both have it closer to the current Spurn Head than Ravenser Old. [1, 2] By the fourteenth century it was approached by a sandy approach road and was located about a mile from the mainland. The current marker is therefore just a rough indication and should not be taken as firm evidence of its location.

Ravenserod was founded in around 1230 on an island and becomes a town. It was first described as a borough between 1241-1249. [3] It gained its first grant for quayage in 1297, and another in 1310. It gained a royal charter in 1299, but erosion began soon after 1300. [3] In the 1297 Lay Subsidy 36 people paid 113s 7d, and in Ravenser Old, 44 people paid. [4] By 1346 two thirds of the town was destroyed. [3] A record of 1347-8 suggests that there were at least 300 buildings. [5] By 1350 the chapel was in ruins. [6] The residents had moved to Hull and taken up residence in the town. [5] For a full description of the history of the town see Boyle. [2]

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

References:
[1] Sheppard, T. 1912. The Lost Towns of the Yorkshire Coast. London: Brown and Sons.
[2] Boyle, J.R. 1884. The Lost Towns of the Humber. Hull: Brown and Sons.
[3] Allison, K.J. 1984. ‘Kilnsea’, in K.J. Allison (ed.) A History of the County of York East Riding. Volume 5: 65-74. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
[4] Brown, W. 1894. Yorkshire Lay Subsidy Being a Ninth Collected in 25 Edward I (1297). Leeds: Yorkshire Archaeology Society Record Series 16.
[5] English, B. 1991. 'Ravenser Odd', in D.B. Lewis (ed.) The Yorkshire Coast: 149-155. Beverley: Normandy Press.
[6] Beresford, M.W. 1952. ‘The Lost Villages of Yorkshire Part II’, Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 38: 44-70.
Pre-1974 county:
Yorkshire East Riding
Historic parish:
Ravensrodd
Present county or unitary area:
East Riding of Yorkshire
Modern parish:
Easington
Grid reference:
TA 400 100
Latitude:
53.567960
Longitude:
0.112559

Documentary resources
Domesday reference:
Not recorded
Domesday minimum number of individuals:
Not recorded
Taxation 1291 (main):
Not recorded
Taxation 1291 (portions):
Not recorded
Lay subsidy 1334 total paid:
3600
Poll Tax 1377 number who paid:
Not recorded
Poll Tax 1377 total paid:
Not recorded
Poll Tax 1379 number who paid:
No surviving record
Poll Tax 1379 total paid:
No surviving record
Poll Tax 1381 number who paid:
No surviving record
Poll Tax 1381 total paid:
No surviving record
Lay subsidy 1524 number who paid:
Not recorded
Lay Subsidy 1524 total paid:
Not recorded
Lay Subsidy 1525 number who paid:
Not recorded
Lay Subsidy 1525 total paid:
Not recorded
Lay Subsidy 1543/4 number who paid:
Not recorded
Diocesan returns 1563:
No surviving record
Census 1801 total population:
Not recorded
Census 1841 total population:
Not recorded
Census 1841 inhabited houses:
Not recorded
E179 date and type last doc:
1446 April 9 one and a half fifteenths and tenths
Additional information
Alternative names:
Ravenser Odd
Presumed date of depopulation:
1370-1370
NMR number:
HER number:
HUMB 3393
Investigation history:
Cartographic or photographic records:
Site status:
Not Scheduled
x coordinate:
540000
y coordinate:
410000
Bibliography:
Beresford, M.W. 1952. 'The Lost Villages of Yorkshire, Part II', Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 38: 44-70.

Beresford, M.W. and J.G. Hurst (eds) 1971. Deserted Medieval Villages. London: Lutterworth.

Boyle, J.R. 1884. The Lost Towns of the Humber. Hull: Brown and Sons.

English, B. 1991. 'Ravenser Odd', in D.B. Lewis (ed.) The Yorkshire Coast: 149-155. Beverley: Normandy Press.

Sheppard, T. 1912. The Lost Towns of the Yorkshire Coast. London: Brown and Sons.
See also:
Crowther, P. Ravenser and Ravenser Odd.
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