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Pilton Mound

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Morcott Spinney

In the civil parish of North Luffenham.
In the historic county of Rutland.
Modern Authority of Rutland.
1974 county of Leicestershire.
Medieval County of Rutland.

OS Map Grid Reference: SK92800234
Latitude 52.61085° Longitude -0.63101°

Pilton Mound has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


A circular mound, most recently interpreted as '..a viewing platform or prospect mound of probably seventeenth century date, constructed to as to overlook a gentry seat and its designed landscape setting.' The mound is 9 feet in height, 78 feet in diameter, surrounded by a 12 foot wide ditch with a 4 foot counterscarp. Earlier interpretations have suggested that it is an incomplete motte and possibly the site of a Parliamentarian gun position. Aerial reconnaissance photography shows a rectilinear enclosure immediately to, and aligned on, the mound, suggesting a probable association. (PastScape)

Situation: The earthwork occupies an isolated site in a spinney on the west side of the Morcott-North Luffenham road. The feature is constructed upon minor scarp south of the River Chater and overlooks a considerable tract of land to the north.
Preservation: The site is completely overgrown and much denuded. The incomplete status of the semi -circular ditch seems related to the site’s original function rather a result of subsequent infilling or erosion.
Description: This obscure earthwork comprises a steep-sided earthen mound partially surrounded (except on the south side) by a dry ditch. The mound is c. 3m high, with a flat and round summit c. 23m in diameter. The ditch is c. 4m wide, and has a low counterscarp bank of c. 1-1.5m in height, there being slight signs of two causeways, one on the east side, and another, less well marked to the north. There are no traces of building foundations on top of the mound, nor any signs of a bailey. In the VCH, the earthwork is described both as a nearly circular motte and possibly a Parliamentary gun position; it is also interpreted as a Saxon barrow or windmill mound, whilst an alternative view suggests that it may be a post-medieval prospect mound, as it lies on the axis of the main vista from North Luffenham Hall. If not a prospect mound, the feature may indeed be an incomplete/denuded motte. (Creighton 1998)

Despite his initial view of 1998 by 2000 Creighton, working from Hartley's observations, convincingly argues this is a C17 prospect mound for the much landscaped environs of North Luffenham Hall.
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