Coople Church Field

Land Surveyor James Sartain produced this map of the Estate of Thomas Beach Esq. in 1749.

Land Surveyor James Sartain produced this map of the Estate of Thomas Beach Esq. in 1749.

Land Surveyor James Sartain produced the map above of the Estate of Thomas Beach Esq. in 1749. The indication that an ancient church once stood between Keevil and Steeple Ashton, within the parish of Keevil, is reflected in the original ‘open field’ name (shown sub-divided into smaller tenancies). One hundred and sixty four years after the map’s creation, somewhere in the “Coople Church Field” area, a farmer’s plough unearthed an encaustic (inlaid) tile, and struck the foundations of a building.

Read Bryan’s account of the search for the ancient church.

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