(OS 1:10000 a SP 53 NW, b SP 53 NE)
The parish is small, covering only 587 hectares, and
lies immediately E. of Brackley. It consists of a generally flat area of Great Oolite Limestone between
120 m. and 145 m. above OD, cut into by a series
of E. and S.E.-flowing streams, one of which forms
the N. boundary. Along the valley sides Northampton Sand and clays are exposed.
b(1) Roman Settlement (?) (SP 569370), E. of the village
on limestone at 125 m. above OD. Roman pottery was
found here before 1978. A bronze axe is said to have come
from the same area. (Northants. SMR)
b(2) Roman Settlement (?) (SP 572360), in the S.E. of
the parish, on limestone at 123 m. above OD. A small
quantity of large, unabraded sherds is recorded (Northants.
For possible Roman Road 56a, see Appendix.
Medieval and Later
b(3) Moated Site and Fishpond (SP 563370; Plate 3), lay
in the angle between two streams immediately E. of the
village, on clay at 118 m. above OD. The area has now
been completely levelled.
The moated site consisted of a small rectangular island,
30 m. by 40 m., apparently raised slightly above the adjacent ground and surrounded by a deep ditch 12 m. wide.
The ditch on the N.E. side and part of the island had
already been damaged before destruction, by the realignment and deepening of the original stream. On the S.W.
side was a larger rectangular island 60 m. by 45 m., surrounded by a ditch 10 m. wide with a causewayed entrance
in the centre of the short N.W. side. There was a large
external bank to the S.E. of both islands. In the surrounding area was a number of shallow ditches and low banks,
some defining former paddocks or closes, others apparently for water. To the N.W. of the site (SP 561371) was
a small rectangular embanked pond, probably contemporary with the moated site and perhaps for fish.
During the destruction of the site in 1970 short lengths
of foundations and what appeared to be a central courtyard
were discovered as well as traces of a large timber building
lying over an earlier structure. Pottery of the 14th century
was found (Med. Arch., 15 (1971), 163–4; DOE, Arch.
Excavations 1970 (1971), 34). Much more pottery of the
same date had been found previously (local inf.). Nothing
is known of the history of the site. (VCH Northants., II
(1906), 416; J. Bridges, Hist. of Northants., I (1791), 175;
RAF VAP CPE/UK/1926, 4215–6; CUAP, AAV19 and 20, AWN77;
air photographs in NMR)
b(4) Settlement Remains (centred SP 559369; Plate 3),
formerly part of Hinton, lie in and around the village, on
clay, between 122 m. and 140 m. above OD. Very little
survives on the ground today and it appears that the earthworks were never very extensive or impressive. On the
S.E. side of the village there was formerly an area of
disturbed ground (SP 560368) but this is now built over.
S.W. of the village (SP 558367), on either side of a small
stream, are other very indeterminate earthworks of no
It is not clear what the remains represent as the surviving
records show no indication of shrinkage; indeed the village
seems to have had a stable population since the 11th century. In 1086 Domesday Book gives a recorded population
of 18 (VCH Northants., I (1902), 346). In 1301, 23 taxpayers
are listed in the Subsidy Roll (PRO, E179/155/31) and in
1334 the village paid 36s. 7d. in tax (PRO, E179/155/3).
In 1377, 44 people over the age of 14 paid the Poll Tax
(PRO, E179/155/28). The 1523 Subsidy was paid by 23
people in Hinton and Steane (PRO, E179/155/159), but by
then Steane (Farthinghoe (18)) was already deserted. In
1673 23 people paid the Hearth Tax (PRO, E179/254/14).
Bridges (Hist. of Northants., I (1791), 175) recorded about
30 houses there in 1720. Medieval pottery from the 14th
to the 17th century as well as a spur of 14th or 15th-century
date is recorded from the village (Northants. Archaeol., 9
(1974), 106). (RAF VAP CPE/UK/1926, 4215–6; CUAP, AAV19
and 20, AWN77)
b(5) Enclosure (SP 553365), lies S.W. of the village, on
sand at 137 m. above OD. Air photographs (CUAP, BV61,
62) show a small rectangular enclosure which appears to
be aligned on a former headland of the common fields. A
quantity of medieval pottery, probably 13th or 14th-century in date, as well as some post-medieval pottery, has
been found on the site (BNFAS, 3 (1969), 23).
b(6) Ponds (SP 557367), lie S.W. of the village, on clay
at 130 m. above OD. In 1857 (map in NRO) there were
three small rectangular ponds and one circular one and the
area was known as Pond Close. A very irregular pond in
a small copse is all that survives. No date or function can
be assigned to the site.
(7) Cultivation Remains. The common fields of the
parish were enclosed by Act of Parliament of 1766. Very
little ridge-and-furrow of these fields remains on the
ground or can be traced on air photographs mainly because
modern ploughing has removed all trace of it on the Great
Oolite Limestone where it was probably always very
slight. It can be seen in a few places around the village on
clay, and also along the N. and N.E. boundary of the
parish, running at right angles to the contours. Former
headlands survive in a few places as broad low ridges up
to 10 m. across (e.g. SP 555368). (RAF VAP CPE/UK/1926,
2214–6, 4212–8; 106G/UK/1488, 4264–7)
b(8) Mound (SP 575366), lies in the S.E. of the parish,
on Great Oolite Limestone at 120 m. above OD. A large
rectangular mound, some 40 m. across and 1 m. high, is
still visible although ploughed over. No date or purpose
can be assigned to it.
a(9) Burials (SP 548376), in the N.W. of the parish, on
limestone at 145 m. above OD. Several human skeletons
are said to have been discovered 'from time to time' in the
gardens of Hinton Grounds Farm before 1848. In that year
two more skeletons were found (Whellan, Dir., 484).