A Potted History

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Worksop: A Potted History

“In the late 1950s work began to clear part of Scratta Wood of its trees and scrub and reclaim the land for agricultural use. As the work proceeded it revealed the base of a crudely built wall that enclosed an area roughly oval in shape and measuring about ninety six feet by seventy five. It was clearly man-made and of great antiquity. Subsequent excavation uncovered a few pieces of pottery, fragments of animal bone, and part of a brooch. These finds and the general appearance of the site dated it to the late Iron Age/Romano British period. Other similar features were exposed during the construction of the Worksop Bypass in 1986 while aerial photography has indicated that there might be even more. Only limited archaeology wee possible and the results were inconclusive. All that can be suggested is that at the beginning of the first millennium, a scattering of small walled enclosures was dotted over and close to the place where Worksop now stands. Some of them may have been occupied, others, perhaps, were no more than animal compounds. Life in such habitations was both hard and primitive.”


Worksop was settled in Saxon times, and it is likely that its first inhabitants built their homes either on top or close to what is known as Castle Hill. Later the Norman Lords of the manor erected a castle on top of the hill. At first this was of timber, though the initial watch tower may have been replaced by a stone keep. By the early years of the 16th century, neither stick nor stone remained standing and when this photograph was taken, around 1900, the hill was crowned with trees and was rge venue for a popular annual rook shoot.
(Photo by permission of Richard Allsopp)