Elbury Mount & Trotshill

  • 24 Oct 2021
  • Historical Studies
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Edwin Lee's found that in Cary's Map of Worcester, the hamlet of Trotshill, near Elbury Mount was then shown as Toothill.

Toothills are rounded hills rising beside ancient trackways, and were pre-Roman places of worship, dedicated to Teutates, or Toot. Lee's considered Elbury Mount to be Toothill, and that the ancient track called Porte Fields which ran between Elbury and Leopard Hill was typical of the routeways which ran past the Toot Hills. He instanced the Mythe Tout, near Tewksbury, as an example of another Toothill in Worcestershire.

Lees wrote: On most of the Toothills there is a hole in the top, where the simukacrum or image of the God was placed, and such a depression was visible in the rounded summits of both the Mythe Tout and on the side of the summit found a fragment of white sandstone which he thought might have formed part of the sacred image. In Lee's day (1850) there was a grove of oaks on the crest, but they appear to have gone when the reservoir was made on the top in 1894.