Monument record M809 - Moothouse Pit, Cropwell Butler


MOOT? (Early Medieval to Medieval)


Grid reference Centred SK 68275 38979 (90m by 120m)
Map sheet SK63NE
District Rushcliffe
Civil Parish Cropwell Butler, Rushcliffe


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Binghamshou Wapentac - so called from the usual place of meeting, viz, a certain pit on top of the hill, on the contrary side of the Fosse Way, near the most westerly corner of Bingham Lordship, called Moot-House Pit, where the Hundred Court is, or ought to be kept. (1)
Moothouse Pit. (2)
The Saxon chief Bynna who gave his name to Bingham held the Hundred Court in the hollow known as Moothouse Pit. (4) (not a reliable source)
This pit is a quarry-like depression which is now under the plough. No finds are known to have been made there. The feature appears natural. (5)
The Moothouse Pit, a substantial depression c 100m SW of the supposed tumulus site (see L894), on the NW side of the road. This feature is noted by Thoroton (1), and the name Moothouse relates it to an otherwise unlocated place name "Moothawes" recorded in 1375. The name indicates a late Anglo-Saxon meeting place at a mound (possibly a burial mound) or on a hill. (6)
Morph: 26.6.1 interpreted as Extractive Pit. (7)
See L894 for possible barrow site.

Data Held (Document). SNT2647.

Photocopy, (2), Parish File

<1> Throsby J, 1790, Thoroton's History of Notts Vol 1, p 138 (Published document). SNT1345.

<2> OS, 1912, 1:2500, County Series 1912 (Map). SNT1022.

Other Refs: 43/6

<3> Pickering J, Air photos (Aerial photograph). SNT1148.

Other Refs: 1805/26, 1806/13 (NLAP SK 6838/5, 6839/8)

<4> Wortley AL, 1954, History of Bingham, pp 7,8 (Published document). SNT1441.

<5> Seaman BH, 1964, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT1246.

<6> TPAT, 1992, Archaeology of the Fosse Way - Implications of the proposed dualling of the A46 between Newark and Widmerpool, p 80 (Published document). SNT1357.

<7> RCHME, National Mapping Programme, Notts - Morph Data (Unknown). SNT1470.

Sources/Archives (8)

  • --- Document: Data Held.
  • <1> Published document: Throsby J. 1790. Thoroton's History of Notts Vol 1. p 138.
  • <2> Map: OS. 1912. 1:2500, County Series 1912.
  • <3> Aerial photograph: Pickering J. Air photos.
  • <4> Published document: Wortley AL. 1954. History of Bingham. pp 7,8.
  • <5> Personal comment: Seaman BH. 1964. Pers Comm.
  • <6> Published document: TPAT. 1992. Archaeology of the Fosse Way - Implications of the proposed dualling of the A46 between Newark and Widmerpool. 2. p 80.
  • <7> Unknown: RCHME. National Mapping Programme, Notts - Morph Data.

Finds (0)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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