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Monument record MDR3359 - Gallows Knoll, Hopton

Type and Period (2)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

Gallows Knoll appears on the 6" OS map of 1955. (1) At SK 26585462 is an almost square flat topped mound with the eastern corner trimmed by a modern road. Obviously not a tumulus, it is probably a gallows mound as the name suggests. Surveyed at 1/2500. (2) Listed as a possible barrow. (3) Gallows Knoll is a large flat-topped mound in a slight col on a broad ridge. It is of uncertain date and function. It is sub-square, with slightly concave sides. The sides are steep and the top slightly domed. The full height of the mound is 1.4-1.6m. Surrounding the site (although destroyed in part) is a narrow ditch which today is 0.3-0.5m deep and 2-3m wide (far too small to be a quarry ditch for the construction of the entire mound). The south-east corner of the mound has been truncated by a drystone wall and lane. The north-east corner has been robbed and the ditch to the west has been ploughed out. At the centre of the mound is a small trench with associated upcast - probably the work of Webb in recent years, but not published (information from the local farmer). While the name of the site suggests a gallows may have stood here, this seems an unlikely explanation for the mound itself. No local parallels are known and it seems unlikely that such a massive mound would be built in this isolated location well away from any population centre. If the site is a barrow, again it has no parallel. No other explanations are apparent. (5)

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey (OS). 1955. 6".
  • <2> Personal Observation: F1 BHS 09-MAY-66.
  • <3> Bibliographic reference: Marsden, B. 1977. The Burial Mounds of Derbyshire. p 63.
  • <4> Index: NDAT. 1359. 1359.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Barnatt, J. 1989. The Peak District Barrow Survey (updated 1994). Site 10:30.



Grid reference Centred SK 2657 5463 (40m by 47m) (Centre)

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Related Events/Activities (1)

  • EDR934

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Record last edited

Dec 14 2017 4:41PM

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