From the end of the Ice Age to the birth of a village
10,000 BC
Ice age ends leaving a cold landscape of boulder clay.
9,000 BC
Shirdley Hill sand blows about, filling the hollows of the tundra landscape.
8,000 BC
The climate warms. Birch and Scots Pine trees grow.
7,000 BC
Oak trees predominate.
6,000 BC
Drainage to the west is impeded. Peat begins to form.
3, 000 BC
Warm period. (Probably warmer than at present.) Sea level rises, but not to the level it is now. Some evidence of human settlement in the district. (A stone axe was found at Cliffs Farm in 1936.)
1,000 BC
To the west of the farm is peat swamp. To the east is probably oak forest.
45 AD - 300 AD
Roman occupation, although no Roman finds have turned up in the immediate area.
Doomsday survey shows the area to be little developed.
First reference to the village of Mawdesley (meaning 'field of Maud' or 'Maud's lea'.)