Sutton Common earthworks

Has been described as a Rejected Uncertain

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains

NameSutton Common earthworks
Alternative NamesSutton in Norton
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityDoncaster
1974 AuthoritySouth Yorkshire
Civil ParishNorton

Two large enclosures each defined by banks and ditches, and containing timber buildings. Now partially reduced to cropmarks through plough damage. Possible Iron Age enclosed settlement also Mesolithic flint working site. The multivallate ditches and banks forming the perimeter of these two enclosures and some associated ditch are visible as earthworks on air photographs. (PastScape)

At the east end of the Sutton Common two large earthwork enclosures, the more westerly roughly triangular, the larger easterly sub-rectangular, wider to N. end, S. end damaged by New Dike. Land drainage 1986 on damaged hitherto waterlogged remains of what 1988 excavators described as two island Iron Age settlements in a vanished lake. Magilton, who sardonically notes that the earlier excavation, "like most... Smedley or on Whiting" ones, "produced more problems than it solved" notes Mesolithic to Roman finds but suggests possible mediaeval usuage. (Sneyd 1995)

Gatehouse Comments

Gatehouse is not sure why Sneyd includes this site in a booklet about 'fortified sites'. Equally what Magilton means by 'medieval usage' is unclear but most unlikely to be a fortified site.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

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Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSE563120
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  • Robert Van de Noort, Henry P. Chapman and John R. Collis, 2007, Sutton Common: The Excavation of an Iron Age 'Marsh Fort' (CBA Research Report 154)
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  • Surtees, Scott, F., 1868, Footprints of Roman occupations in the Southern Parts of North Humber Land (Leeds) p. 1-21


  • Sydes, R. E. & Symonds, J., 1988, Archaeology Today Vol. 9.2 p. 37-40
  • Whiting C.E., 1936-38, 'Excavations on Sutton Common 1933, 1934 and 1935' Yorkshire Archaeological Journal Vol. 33 p. 57-80


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