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Giants Hill

Hob Uid: 59495
Location :
East Riding of Yorkshire
Sutton upon Derwent
Grid Ref : SE7103948630
Summary : Medieval moated motte surviving as an earthwork. The Motte is 4 metres high and 23 metres in diameter. The enclosing moat is 1.5 to 2 metres wide and 1 metre deep. It has been suggested that it was built to guard the nearby crossing of the River Derwent. Scheduled.
More information : (SE 711487) Giant's Hill (NR) (1)

"Small moated site surveyed RCHM". (2)

Covered by dense undergrowth. Published survey (25") correct. (3)

SE 7104 4862. Giant's Hill motte. Scheduled RSM No 21192. A raised motte enclosed by a moat in Sutton Wood. The circular motte is 4m high and 23m in diameter. The sub-rectangular enclosing moat is 1.5m to 2m wide and 1m deep; it is seasonally wet. A pit about 1m wide and deep has been dug into the summit of the mound. Little is known about the history of the monument, although it has been suggested that it was built to guard the nearby crossing of the River Derwent. (4)

The motte described by the previous authorities was seen as an earthwork on early air photographs (1958) when tree cover was sparse. (5)

Listed as a possible Castle by Cathcart King. (6)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1958
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Source : The Yorkshire archaeological journal
Source details : HG Ramm
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Vol(s) : 41 1965
Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 DS 19-NOV-69
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Source Number : 4
Source : County list of Scheduled Monuments : March 1994
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Source Number : 5
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 58/2496 (F21) 0254 07-JUL-1958
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Source Number : 6
Source : Castellarium anglicanum : an index and bibliography of the castles in England, Wales and the Islands. Volume II : Norfolk-Yorkshire and the islands
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Vol(s) : Feb-83

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : Medieval
Monument End Date : 1540
Monument Start Date : 1066
Monument Type : Moat, Motte
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : HU 173
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (National No.)
External Cross Reference Number : 21192
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External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Humberside)
External Cross Reference Number : 3897
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SE 74 NW 2
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SE 74 NW 2
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1969-11-19
End Date : 1969-11-19
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: VALE OF YORK NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 1998-01-06
End Date : 2000-12-31