Easby, Little

 

 

Site type: Doubtful

Within the 1968 Gazetteer the grid references for settlements at both Great and Little Easby are given as rough estimates, and also at the same location. It would perhaps be more likely that Great Easby lies to the north. The HER records a shrunken medieval settlement at this location. [1] However it is unclear why a shrunken settlement has been suggested as there is no extant settlement. On the ground there are faint traces of a possible hollow way and ridge and furrow.

There is very little documentary evidence for settlement in the area, and none specifically for Little Easby until the late sixteenth century, with references to just Easby from the late fourteenth century. [2] Ford’s map of 1839 shows simply a settlement at Easby (roughly the position of Great Easby), but other earlier maps show no settlement at all in this area. Whether there was any great concentration of activity at this locale is difficult to ascertain so currently it is listed as doubtful.

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

References:
[1] Cumbria HER Record No. 251.
[2] Armstong, A.M., A. Mawer, F.M. Stenton and B. Dickins 1950. The Place-Names of Cumberland Part 1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 66.
Pre-1974 county:
Cumberland
Historic parish:
Great Easby
Present county or unitary area:
Cumbria
Modern parish:
Brampton
Grid reference:
NY 538625
Latitude:
54.95499530
Longitude:
-2.72294364

Documentary resources
Domesday reference:
Domesday minimum number of individuals:
Taxation 1291 (main):
Not recorded
Taxation 1291 (portions):
Not recorded
Lay subsidy 1334 total paid:
Not recorded
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:
No surviving record
Poll Tax 1381 total paid:
No surviving record
Lay subsidy 1524 number who paid:
Lay Subsidy 1524 total paid:
Lay Subsidy 1525 number who paid:
Lay Subsidy 1525 total paid:
Lay Subsidy 1543/4 number who paid:
Diocesan returns 1563:
Not recorded
Census 1801 total population:
Not recorded
Census 1841 total population:
Not recorded
Census 1841 inhabited houses:
Not recorded
E179 date and type last doc:
Additional information
Alternative names:
Presumed date of depopulation:
NMR number:
12858
HER number:
CUMB 251
Investigation history:
Cartographic or photographic records:
Site status:
Not Scheduled
x coordinate:
353800
y coordinate:
562500
Bibliography:
Beresford, M.W. and J.G. Hurst (eds) 1971. Deserted Medieval Villages. London: Lutterworth.
See also:
NMR Pastscape
www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=12858