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Sutton Common earthworks

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Sutton in Norton

In the civil parish of Norton.
In the historic county of Yorkshire.
Modern Authority of Doncaster.
1974 county of South Yorkshire.
Medieval County of Yorkshire West Riding.

OS Map Grid Reference: SE56391202
Latitude 53.60178° Longitude -1.14926°

Sutton Common earthworks has been described as a Uncertain but is rejected as such.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law.


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 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.
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