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Such a prominent feature in the landscape would have provided a focus for the area's earliest inhabitants, and a Neolithic scraper found near the site in 1886 indicates it has seen activity since prehistoric times.In the medieval period the motte was formed by enhancement of the summit of the knoll through artifically steepening the upper parts of its naturally steep sides, an effect which is now most clearly visible on the north face of the mound.The monument includes the earthwork and buried remains of a motte castle situated on the summit of Crookbarrow Hill, the earthwork and buried remains of a moated site adjacent to the north east, and associated remains of medieval ridge and furrow cultivation.Crookbarrow Hill is a natural knoll c.3km south east of Worcester, which rises roughly 20m above the Severn Valley.

A terrace along the north and west sides of the mound, just below the summit, is probably the site of a palisade or walkway around the motte.The cracked clay bottom of the moat suggests the ditch retains water in all but the driest periods.Modern use of the north eastern parts of the ditch as a beast pond has produced a very steep profile to the moat sides.Along the top of the mound are a number of roughly square depressions, averaging 3m-4m in diameter, which represent the remains of the structures which occupied the motte.The motte at Crookbarrow Hill is associated with large areas of ridge and furrow, linear earthworks resulting from prolonged ploughing in the medieval period.

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