Map 3682

23-Jan-2018 02:42

A 10m wide strip of these remains is included in the scheduling in order to preserve their relationship with the moated site.

The monument is associated with the site of a medieval settlement which was archaeologically excavated in advance of the widening of the M5 motorway, which passes within 150m of the site.

The monument includes the earthwork and buried remains of a motte castle situated on the summit of Crookbarrow Hill, the earthwork and buried remains of a moated site adjacent to the north east, and associated remains of medieval ridge and furrow cultivation.

Crookbarrow Hill is a natural knoll c.3km south east of Worcester, which rises roughly 20m above the Severn Valley.

Such a prominent feature in the landscape would have provided a focus for the area's earliest inhabitants, and a Neolithic scraper found near the site in 1886 indicates it has seen activity since prehistoric times.

In the medieval period the motte was formed by enhancement of the summit of the knoll through artifically steepening the upper parts of its naturally steep sides, an effect which is now most clearly visible on the north face of the mound.

Evidence for features such as a bridge will be preserved in the ditch deposits, which will also retain environmental evidence for the activities which took place there.

The western arm of the moat is no longer visible at the surface, although it will survive as a buried feature.

This lynchet is most prominent around the west and south west sides of the monument, where a now disused trackway runs inside it at the base of the knoll.

Parts of the track, lynchet, and the ridge and furrow are included in the scheduling, in order to protect their stratigraphic relationship to the motte, through which evidence for continuity and variety of landuse at and around the site is preserved.

The mound will retain details of its method of construction, which may include post holes and foundations for its wooden or stone tower and other structures which surmounted it.

Around 6,000 moated sites are known in England, exhibiting a high level of diversity in their forms and sizes.

Masonry is visible in places in the bottom of the ditch, and probably indicates a revetment wall.

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