History of North and Middle Littleton
North and Middle Littleton is a civil parish located in the Wychavon district of Worcestershire, England. The parish comprises the villages of North Littleton and Middle Littleton, and is located near the larger settlement of South Littleton. It is bounded by the River Avon to the west, and Buckle Street (the Roman Ryknild St) to the east. At the 2001 census it had a population of 906. The villages are served by North and Middle Littleton Parish Council. St Nicholas (Church of England) Church is located in Middle Littleton, just to the left of The Manor and it is visible from some of the bedroom windows.
Though Neolithic human activity has been documented in the area, it is thought the first permanent settlements were constructed during Romano-British times (the important Roman road of Ryknild Street runs by the area). Other nearby Romano-British settlements at Ullington, Blakes Hill and Littleton Pastures have been documented, and all were thought to be in continuous occupation until the late 4th century. Archeological evidence suggests the area was completely abandoned after the end of the Roman occupation of Britain.
The area had been repopulated to an extent by the time of the Domesday Book, which documents the Littletons twice. "Littletune" (thought to be North Littleton), was owned by Evesham Abbey, and had a population of 18 who farmed the land owned by the Abbey. St Nicholas Church, located in Middle Littleton, is thought to have been first constructed in the 12th century, though it was significantly remodelled in the 13th century. The Tithe Barn which is situated opposite The Manor's rear courtyard, is an early 14th century farm building which is now owned by the National Trust. This is definitely worth a look during your stay.
With an architecturally pleasing exterior, internally the house delights with its unique and characterful rooms. The Manor is able to accommodate 22 guests comfortably, making it an ideal venue for those special family birthdays, anniversaries or celebrations. With ten bedrooms split over two floors, The Manor can cater for various groups, be it three or four families using the rooms as family suites, or individuals and couples sharing a weekend away to relax.
- Sleeps 24 in 10 bedrooms
- Hot Tub
- Games Room
- Set in 2 acres of grounds