Medieval Fishpond in Water Spinney, Tattenhoe

Water Spinney in the Tattenhoe Valley

Located along the Tattenhoe Valley, the Water Spinney comprises of the remnants of a large medieval fish pond and earthen dam.  The dam was designed to hold back the waters of a small stream and thus created a rectangular fishpond up to 350m long and 100m wide.  The fishpond was most probably created to serve the deserted medieval village of Tattenhoe which was located in much of the area to the north-west of the Water Spinney.  Medieval fishponds were of vital importance to medieval village life, providing slow moving fresh water for managing fish stock.  

See the Historic England listing for this monument.


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  • Tattenhoe Valley

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    Tattenhoe Valley Park runs like a thread from Furzton Lake through Emerson Valley, Tattenhoe and Tattenhoe Park, following the meanderings of the Loughton Brook until it leaves Milton Keynes at Bottledump Roundabout.

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  • Great Linford Manor Park is a special and wonderful place to visit, with a history that can be traced back at least to Saxon times. Thanks to National Lottery players, we have been awarded funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
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