Douthwaite Pillow Mounds
North Yorkshire County Council
Ryedale District Council
Thirsk and Malton
SE696696 (469649, 490519)
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Full details of these pillow mounds can be found at English Heritage list number entry 1016024 . Basically what this states is that there are 32 pillow mounds which have been artificially constructed to form a warren for the farming of rabbits for meat and fur. The pillow mounds are thought to have been constructed by the shepherds of Douthwaite Hall in the late 17th or early 18th century .The individual mounds are quite regular in form being rectangular in plan, typically 5m by 8m, immediately surrounded by ditch about 2m wide. With the highest being about 0.7m high.
Also for a good overall view of the layout of the mounds have a look on Google Earth they are clearly defined, though I can’t make out all 32.
John D Hunter, 9 June 2013
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