Monument details

HER Number:1574/3
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Quadrilateral earthwork on Toot Hill


This Enclosure on Toothill is a Scheduled Monument. First recorded as a Roman Camp, the site is an irregular rectangular enclosure formed by an earth bank and ditch. An excavation in 1906 by the Manchester Classical Society produced only some possible roofing tiles of stone. Survey in the 1960's has recorded a narrow rectangular foundation cutting, from which a road cuts through the Southwest rampart and following the contours, curves round the hillside. This later survey concludes that Toothill was never a fort and suggest it was possibly an enclosure or deer hay used during hunting in Macclesfield Forest.

It is possible that this site was one of the lodges built by the Black Prince (Eldest son of Edward III) to safeguard his game, for the placename means "look-out hill" and re-occurs in Wildboarclough parish.


Monument Types

  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)
  • DITCHED ENCLOSURE (Enclosure-Ditch & Bank, Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)
  • DITCHED ENCLOSURE (Enclosure-ditched, Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)
  • HOLLOW WAY (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)
  • HUNTING LODGE (Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD?)
  • ROYAL PARK (Royal Forest, Medieval - 1066 AD? to 1539 AD? (?))
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1011163: Deerpound On Toot Hill

Related records

2156Related to: Toot Hill (Monument)

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