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Hambledon; The Tolt

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
The Tote, Hydon Hill

In the civil parish of Hambledon.
In the historic county of Surrey.
Modern Authority of Surrey.
1974 county of Surrey.
Medieval County of Surrey.

OS Map Grid Reference: SU971400
Latitude 51.15104° Longitude -0.61308°

Hambledon; The Tolt has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are uncertain remains.


Supposed motte, rejected by King as medieval site but "perhaps only a hovel". The Surrey HER records this as the site of finds of pottery and roof tile but does not mention any monument type.

Trial Excavations at Hamhledon. In his "County Book" on Surrey, Mr. Eric Parker describes the discovery of a large quantity of ancient pottery in his grounds, some thirty years ago. He expressed the wish that the site (on the "Tolt" near Hambledon) could be properly investigated, and showed the greatest courtesy to Mr. Hope-Taylor when the latter undertook trial investigations on the site (assisted by Mr. T. K. Walls). Unfortunately the site proved to have been exhausted by the earlier unsystematic excavations, and the one undisturbed section that was located was only a few feet across and that evidently not at the focus of the site. Nevertheless, sufficient evidence was found, in the shape of charcoal, stake-holes and pottery sherds, to suggest that this was a mediaeval living site probably no more than a hovel. The pottery previously found on the site (and now in Mr. Parker's collection at Feathercombe, Hambledon) was dated by Mr. Hope-Taylor to the 12th and 13th centuries: he intends, with Mr. Parker's permission, to make a fuller study of the collection and publish a note on it in a future volume of the Collections. (SAC, 1950)

Not a manorial centre. Roof tiles suggest something more than a hovel (which would, most probably, be thatched) but certainly not a castle site and very unlikely to be a hunting lodge or other high status site.
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