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Dogsthorpe Honey Hill

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Bluebell Hill; The Nab

In the civil parish of Peterborough.
In the historic county of Northamptonshire and the Soke of Peterborough.
Modern Authority of Peterborough; City of.
1974 county of Cambridgeshire.
Medieval County of Soke of Peterborough.

OS Map Grid Reference: TF19200181
Latitude 52.60101° Longitude -0.24140°

Dogsthorpe Honey Hill has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are earthwork remains.


Dogsthorpe (Honey Hill) TF 193018, a big millstead has been taken for a motte (Pearce). (King 1983)

Excavation in 1960 to determine the age and purpose of the mound known as Honey Hill (locally known as Bluebell Hill and occasionally as the Nab) prior to its destruction by new housing proved that it was thrown up in the late C13 for a small post mill, and was abandoned in the C14. C13 - C14 pottery found , as well as later pottery. Weathered blue coated Nene Valley ware found. Clay pipes, approximately 100 Med nails, a farthing of Edward I found (c 1302 - 1307), also an Elizabethan sixpence of 1568. Fragments of millstone found. The Mound was destroyed during the construction of a new housing estate. Its site remains as a vague swelling of ground between houses and foot path. (City of Peterborough HER)

In the Peterborough Chronicle of Hugh Candidus, trans. C. Mellows and W. T. Mellows, 1941, there is a description of the Fees held by the Abbey of Peterborough. The editors have put a note under the passage on the fee of Ralph Tot of Paston that 'the remains of the moated mound between Dogsthorpe and Paston known as Honey Hill or the Nab probably belonged to one of these knights' (see p. 59, n.2). (Pearce 1966)
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