Who we are

Principal Investigator: Dr Jim Leary, University of Reading

Co-investigator: Dr Nick Branch, University of Reading

Co-investigator: Prof Gordon Cook, Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre

Research Assistant: Elaine Jamieson, University of Reading

Research Assistant: Dr Phil Stastney, University of Reading

Research Assistant: Dr Elaine Dunbar, Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre

Technical Support: Kevin Williams, QUEST, University of Reading

7 thoughts on “Who we are

  1. I wonder if the mound at Penwortham overlooking the river Ribble opposite Preston might be of interest.Referred to as having been recently built in Domesday Book it may also have been the site of an Anglo Saxon fortification constructed at the time of Edward’s expansion beyond the Mersey as proposed by Higham.It was excavated in 1856 and written up in antiquarian style in THSLC vol lX (available online)with an small amateur dig ( photographed but unpublished) in the 1960’s.
    The mound stands in a churchyard and has probably been affected by erosion.Documentary evidence confirms a church and monastery in the vicinity in the mid 12th century and manorial buildings into the 16th century.
    Peter Milner


  2. Do you have any plans to undertake investigations in West Yorkshire? We have a mound on top of the fortified hill at Beeston near Leeds, adjacent to an early medieval manor house site but overlooking the intersection of two minor Roman roads. Some erosion starting caused by a housing development on the hill under the mound.


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  4. Two mounds come to mind – one is the amusingly titled ‘Castle Knob’ in Castle Gresley, Swadlincote, South Derbyshire. Rumoured to be an ‘illegal’ motte constructed by a member of the de Greeley family, it is a massive feature in the landscape and not all that far from an Iron Age Hill fort in Netherseal. Has never been excavated to my knowledge and I don’t know if it is even a scheduled monument. Second is the barrow or Roman tomb in Hemel Hempstead, on the corner of Queensway and High Street Green. That is a scheduled monument but fenced off and sadly overgrown. The South Derbyshire motte would definitely fill the gap on your map (and is a neglected area for this sort of thing!)


  5. Surprised that your findings for Brinklow Castle date it to 11/12th C .Always assumed that since the Roman Road skirted around it , it was almost certainly of an earlier date.

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    • Yes! The unusual relationship between the Fosse Way and Brinklow was one of the reasons we looked at the mound in the first place! It does seem as though the original surveyors used the motte to sight towards, since the road appears to change angle slightly at Brinklow, however we have shown this can’t be the case… I think the most likely explanation is the fact that the motte sits at the west end of a small natural E-W ridge (clearly visible on the 1:25,000 OS map) – it seems as though the road really skirts around the base of this ridge and that this stretch of the road was sighted on the end of the ridge… I guess placing the motte on this ridge centuries later made a lot of sense: it made use of the existing natural topography, offered commanding views of the road in both directions, and made quite a statement in that it gave the appearance that the road itself had to respect the castle! A really interesting site, with some lovely earthworks.


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