Toot Hills

  • 16 Jan 2012
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Toothills are rounded hills rising beside ancient trackway, which were pre-Roman places of worship, dedicated to Teutates, or Toot. Lees considered Elbury Mount to be a Toothill, and that the ancient track called Porte Fields which ran between Helbury Hill and Leopard Hill was typical of the routeways which ran past the Toot Hills.He instanced the Mythe Tout near Tewkesbury as an example of another Toot Hill in Worcestershire.

J.Humphreys, F.S.A in a paper of 1910, regarded Turnall, near Tardebigge, as a corruption of Toothill. It was thought to have been an open place in the forest and a meeting place. An immense number of flint flakes, arrow heads, and a stone hammer has been found on the site.

At Astley there is a hill near the church which was long called 'The Tout' or 'Toot'. Further to the above note Elbury Mount, Edwin Lees found that on Carey's Map of Worcester, the hamlet of Trotshill, near Elbury, was then shown as 'Toothill'.

Lees wrote: 'On most of the Toot Hills there is a hole in the top, where the simulacrum or image of the god was placed', and such a depression, he declared was visible in the rounded summits of both the Mythe Toot and Elbury Hill. He searched closely the cavity on Elbury Hill, and on the side of the summit found a fragment of white sandstone which he thought might have formed part of the sacred image'.