Rabbit Warren on Warren Hills
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Leicestershire County Council
North West Leicestershire District Council
North West Leicestershire District
North West Leicestershire
SE459459 (445911, 315052)
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Earthworks defining eight pillow mounds of linear form and an associated sub-circular enclusre located on the northern slopes and summit of Warren Hills. The four mounds on the lower north western slopes are orientated between the north west-south east and north-south. Those around the summit are orientated between the east-west and south west-north east. The pillow mounds are sub-rectangular in plan and vary in size between 15 metres and 23 metres in length, 7 metres and 10 metres in width and 0.7 metres to 1.5 metres in height. All are surrounded by an external ditch up to a maximum of 1.5 metres in width and up to 0.4 metres in depth. The enclosure consists of a low stony bank up to 2.5 metres in width and 0.2 metres in height enclosing a sub-circular area a maximum of 27 metres in diamaeter. A gap in the northern side of the bank up to 1.5 metres in width is considered to represent the original entrance. The enclosure is thought to have been for the use of the warrener, probably containing a structure for the storage of equipment. Documentary sources indicate that the warren was located within the manor of Whitwick, the area being referred to from as early as 1754 on maps as Warren Hill. An additional document dated 1800 makes reference to a dispute in 1748, at which point there were described as being five major warrens in the area, one of which belonged to the Earl of Huntingdon. Since the manor of Whitwick is known to have been granted in trust for Henry, Earl of Huntingdon by James I in around 1612, it is therefore considered likely that the warren on Warren Hills was that of the Earl and his descendents. Scheduled.
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