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Wimble Toot, Babcary

In the civil parish of Babcary.
In the historic county of Somerset.
Modern Authority of Somerset.
1974 county of Somerset.

OS Map Grid Reference: ST56052800
Latitude 51.04970° Longitude -2.62844°

Wimble Toot, Babcary has been described as a Timber Castle although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.

Description

Wimble Toot N.G.R.: ST 5605 2800 Parish: Babcary (but originally in Steart)
Description: Small motte, rising to 2.74m in height, with a well preserved ditch, 0.50m deep, around most of its E side. To the N the ditch lies below a field bank and hedge,and in the W it has been almost totally infilled.
Later or Associated Structures: A slight hollow, 1.50m across, on the summit of the motte may be the 'footprint' of a tower.
Quality or Condition: Earthworks of average strength.
Likely Builder/Owner: Domesday Book (19:38) records that two porters from Montacute (Esturt) for Robert, the Count of Mortain.
Date of Construction: 1067-1069 (Prior 2004)

A small motte (King 1983)

Despite part excavation, the bowl barrow known as 'Wimble Toot' survives well and will contain archaeological remains and environmental evidence relating to the barrow and the landscape in which it was constructed.
The monument includes a bowl barrow on a high point on the east bank of the River Cary. The barrow has a mound which measures c.3m in diameter and is c.2.8m high. Surrounding the mound is a ditch from which material was quarried during its construction. This has become partly infilled over the years and survives as a buried feature, but can still be seen on the east side of the mound c.6m wide. A c.3m diameter depression in the top of the mound is indicative of antiquarian investigation. (Scheduling Report last emended 1996)

The Wimble Toot is a flat topped tree covered mound with traces of a ditch to the N.W. and a well defined ditch to the S.E. It could be either a small motte or a large barrow, though from its appearance the latter seems more likely. (PastScape ref. Field Investigators Comments F2 NVQ {Norman Quinnell} 13-JUN-75)

It is located a some distance from Babcary, there is nothing to suggest it ever being a medieval centre of any sort (no paths or roads lead to it). There is no bailey nor anything to suggest any attached building, court or enclosure. Just below the actual hill top but on the visual crest if viewed from the south, which would make it visible from Streat but it would not be visible from the village and parish church of Babcary. Gatehouse favours the opinion of the exceptionally experienced field archaeologist Norman Quinnell over that of David King or Stuart Prior in this instance. Indeed for Gatehouse the question is what is there about this quite typical bowl barrow that made anyone ever suggest it was a motte? Has the slightly levelled top of the mound, caused by the earlier 'excavation', misled observers?
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This record last updated on Saturday, July 26, 2014

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