Extent of Church Street and medieval burgage plots running back from it.

Church Street

Look at the curved line of Castle Street and Church Street surrounding the castle.

Perhaps the oval shape marks the defences of the prosperous Norman town that grew up around the market and castle built by William and Robert Malet?

Domesday Book records in 1086 that 25 burgesses (Freemen entitled to practice a trade within the town) lived in the town beside the market and castle.

Burgage plots

Medieval burgesses built their houses on a long narrow strip of land running back from the street. This was called a burgage plot. Burgesses paid rent for their plot and also provided services such as maintaining the king’s causeway and the fence around the deer park.


Did you know?

If you look at this map from 1840 you can still see where the medieval burgesses used to live.


Compare this to the modern map of Eye. Amazingly some of these old property boundaries still exist today, use the map to see if you can find any of them on the ground.

The basic unit of measurement was a ‘perch’ (5.03 metres) and burgage plots were multiples of a perch.

Follow the route below to get to the next point at Eye Church.