History of Berryhill

 
 

There is a widespread popular misconception that some places have history whilst others do not!

In many contexts this is in part a product of a relative paucity of written records. More often it is a matter of perception, the confusion of an apparently pleasant and pretty heritage with history.

The Berry Hill project area suffers somewhat from this clouded vision of a place without much history. Few people think of Fenton Park as other than a cruelly inapt label; fewer still would easily imagine it as the site of a medieval lordly park. Part at least of the project area lay within its bounds. In truth only a little history of Berry Hill and Botteslow can be written from the documentary record before 1550. More might be gleaned from archaeology, some from place-names and field archaeology of the landscape.

Lawn Farm located on Berryhill Fields is a Scheduled Ancient Monument (i.e. protected by law). It is a medieval moated site with associated fishponds dating from the 13th / 14th century. Archaeologists from The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery have been excavating the site over the past two summers and have found the remains of substantial buildings. Discussions continue as to their original role and importance.