Possible Site of Gibbet on Gibbet Hill
The possible site of a gibbet, a wooden post from which the body of a criminal would be hung after they had been executed. Gibbets were in use during the Medieval period. This particular gibbet may have been located on Gibbet Hill, to the north of Burton Dassett.
1 About the year 1850, a number of skeletons were brought to light in a stone pit at the S end of the Burton Dassett ridge, on an elevation known as ‘Gallows Hill’ or ‘Gibbet Hill’, and situated not far from the crossroads (PRN 648). On account of the locality in which they were found it was, at that time, concluded that they must be the remains of criminals who had been gibbeted. This spot, once a hill but now a pit, is at the top end of the cable way which conveyed ironstone to the railway at the bottom of the hill.
2 OS Card.