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Burlton Pic Hill

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Loppington.
In the historic county of Shropshire.
Modern Authority of Shropshire.
1974 county of Shropshire.
Medieval County of Shropshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SJ450259
Latitude 52.82819° Longitude -2.81400°

Burlton Pic Hill has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are no visible remains.


near the village of Burlton (Salop), there are a succession of rings, which one might compare to the lower half of Picts' houses, extending to a considerable distance over old pasture, and throughout an enclosure which can be proved to have been forest for centuries, and is thought to be identical with a Domesday "silva" in that place. The hill that rises above these curious depressions, which seem to resemble those at Worlebury, near Weston-super-Mare, is called Pic Hill. As this word occurs in Bangor Isycoed, with a Tower Field close by, it would seem to indicate a Saxon tower so placed as to keep guard over a British village or town. (Lee, 1877)

In the concepts of the time a 'Saxon' tower was what we now call a motte. Pickhill is a farmstead at SJ45252594 but the local high point is at SJ450259. Nothing archaeological is recorded in the NMR or Shropshire HER near these locations. However, the description given by Lee may fit Petton Castle mound at SJ44102623, 1.5km west of Pickhill although it is difficult to see any reason for Lee not identifying this as Petton if that is what he meant.
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