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Mount Alstoe

Hob Uid: 323503
Location :
Rutland
Burley
Grid Ref : SK8940011990
Summary : An Anglo-Saxon moot mound or a motte and bailey castle surviving as an earthwork. The mound is irregular in shape and is surrounded by a heavily silted ditch. Investigations have shown that there is no trace of any castle structure on the mound. Weak earthworks, perhaps forming a burgus, and the presence of Norman pottery suggest that it was used as a motte. Further work is required to ascertain its nature.
More information : (SK 893119) Mount Alstoe (NR). (1)

Mount Alstoe is a fine example of a motte and bailey castle, dating from the late 11th to middle or late 12th century. It was excavated in August 1935; no evidence of a timber structure was found. The absence of stonework suggests the site was not occupied or reconditioned after the mid - 12th century and pottery found supports this.

A series of enclosures have been added to the north and east sides of the bailey, possibly representing a fortified settlement (burgus) with its fields. A deep, wide ditch, cut into the solid ironstone (but now silted up) surrounds the motte. Pottery finds from the mound, ditch and bailey include fragments of globular cooking pots and open bowls. They are apparently of Norman date and all of the same character, possibly from the kilns at Stamford. (2)

A small motte with a weak bailey; not a good example as stated above. The adjoining enclosures are small agricultural plots. Evidence of desertion can be seen immediately to the SE of the motte. Under permanent pasture. (3)

Scheduled. (4)

Scheduled monuments, previously Leic 165 and 169 (see SK 81 SE 3), now combined under new title and monument number, Leic 169. (5)

SK 8940 1199. Alstoe Moot and part of Alsthorpe deserted medieval village (see SK 81 SE 3)
A substantial mound, identified as a moot or meeting place. The mound is irregularly-shaped, 35m in diameter, and 5.0m high, and is surrounded by a heavily silted ditch which is 8.0m wide and 1.5m deep.
Scheduled (RSM) No. 17009. (6)

Analysis of the castle in relation to its Mediaeval landscpe, the church, manor etc. (7)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1958
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Source : The Antiquaries journal : journal of the Society of Antiquaries of London
Source details : G C Dunning.
Page(s) : 394-411
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Vol(s) : 16, 1936
Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : J Baird/23-FEB-1972/Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigator
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Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : DOE (IAM) Anc Mons Eng 3, 1978, 55
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Source Number : 5
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : Eng Heritage Record Form, Plan, 24-1-89
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Source Number : 6
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : English Heritage SAM Amendment Leicestershire 04-SEP-1991
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Source Number : 7
Source : Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society
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Page(s) : 19-33
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Vol(s) : 73, 1999

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Early Medieval
Display Date : Anglo-Saxon
Monument End Date : 1066
Monument Start Date : 450
Monument Type : Moot
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Norman
Monument End Date : 1170
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Motte
Evidence : Earthwork

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : LEIC 165
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : LEIC 169
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External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Leicestershire)
External Cross Reference Number : 81SE H
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External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 17009
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SK 81 SE 2
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Related Warden Records :
Associated Monuments : 323506
Relationship type : Is referred to by

Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, ALSTOE MOUNT
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1935-01-01
End Date : 1935-12-31
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SK 81 SE 2
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1972-02-23
End Date : 1972-02-23