Dogsthorpe Honey Hill

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameDogsthorpe Honey Hill
Alternative NamesBluebell Hill; The Nab
Historic CountryNorthamptonshire and the Soke of Peterborough
Modern AuthorityPeterborough; City of
1974 AuthorityCambridgeshire
Civil ParishPeterborough

Dogsthorpe (Honey Hill) TF 193018, a big millstead has been taken for a motte (Pearce). (King 1983)

Excavation in 1960 to determine the age and purpose of the mound known as Honey Hill (locally known as Bluebell Hill and occasionally as the Nab) prior to its destruction by new housing proved that it was thrown up in the late C13 for a small post mill, and was abandoned in the C14. C13 - C14 pottery found , as well as later pottery. Weathered blue coated Nene Valley ware found. Clay pipes, approximately 100 Med nails, a farthing of Edward I found (c 1302 - 1307), also an Elizabethan sixpence of 1568. Fragments of millstone found. The Mound was destroyed during the construction of a new housing estate. Its site remains as a vague swelling of ground between houses and foot path. (City of Peterborough HER)

In the Peterborough Chronicle of Hugh Candidus, trans. C. Mellows and W. T. Mellows, 1941, there is a description of the Fees held by the Abbey of Peterborough. The editors have put a note under the passage on the fee of Ralph Tot of Paston that 'the remains of the moated mound between Dogsthorpe and Paston known as Honey Hill or the Nab probably belonged to one of these knights' (see p. 59, n.2). (Pearce 1966)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
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OS Map Grid ReferenceTF192018
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  • King, D.J.C., 1983, Castellarium Anglicanum (London: Kraus) Vol. 2 p. 320 (reject)
  • Mellow, C. and Mellows, W.T. (eds), 1941, The Peterborough Chronicle of Hugh Candidus (Peterborough: Peterborough Natural History, Scientific and Archaeological Society) p. 59n2


  • Pearce, S.V., 1966, 'A Medieval Windmill, Honey Hill, Dogsthorpe' Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society Vol. 59 p. 95-103 online copy