A study of the Parish of Markenfield Hall: a most unusual parish, partly because of its unique 14th century moated hall and also
because, over the centuries, the parish has remained small, its boundaries almost identical with those of the estate. Unlike
surrounding parishes, no hamlet or village has grown up around the hall. Through the ages the name has changed from
Merchefeld to Markenfield with the main variants being Merchingfeld, Merkingfeld, Markynfeld, Merkyngefelde, Markinfeild and Markingefeild. In addition, it has been a manor, parke, mannor, hall and today it is the Parish of Markenfield Hall.