During an excavation in 1989, Archaeologist Dr Makepeace discovered a medieval longhouse. Which was uncovered not far from the path that runs past Colt Croft that you may be on. The longhouse was approximately 5.5m wide and 22.5m long, making it a behemoth of a structure in a relatively uninhabited rural landscape. Longhouses provided a large horizontal living space for a large amount of people, albeit in close quarters; as well as additional loft storage space above for hay and grains to be kept over the winter months.
The house is believed to be part of a medieval farming settlement. Archaeological and historical evidence allow us to date the long house to the early 12th century AD. Pottery from the site such as the green glazed ware, were medieval in nature and matched this date period. The earliest written records state Staden as a farming settlement in 1101 AD.