Ancient Burial Ground Cock Hill Burgh

LINCOLNSHIRE COCKPIT

During last summer the curiosity of thousands of motorists their way to Skegness was aroused by the fact that excavations were being carried on by students at the mound near Burgh Church.

It is interesting to learn that the mound, which is known as Cock Hill, revealed some Interesting finds. A college committee was responsible for the excavations at this mound, which is traditionally said to have been the site of a medieval cockpit, and was also an ancient burial place.

There is shallow depression at the summit of the hill which would certainly make on admirable place for a ‘‘cocker,’’ and although there was no definite evidence that the tumulus was used for cock-fighting, the presence of fragments of churchwarden pipes, slate pencils, and Georgian halfpennies, seems to point that bets were laid on the mains,” and the ‘‘ bookies ’’ of those days used slates to record the wagers.

FROM ROMAN TIMES

There was a layer of carbon found under the depression referred to, and this was no doubt due to the bonfires that were lighted at this high point on the occasion of public rejoicings many years ago. Possibly it was used for ***** [earnes?]  when Lincolnshire folk hourly expected invasion from “the mad dog Europe,” was termed in documents of the day.

The finds included a buckle of the sixth or seventh century and fragments pottery, some too small for comprehensive study, pointing to the continuous occupation Burgh since Roman times.

The curfew still rung at Burgh and the church contained a bell given by a mariner who once heard Burgh bells when out at sea in fog and was thus saved from ship wreck. He left “bell strin – acre” for the parish, the rent of which goes the upkeep the bells for ever.

Source: Lincolnshire Echo – Wednesday 14 March 1934

Ancient Pottery
A piece of ancient pottery in the form of a two-handled small jug in a good state of preservation, was brought to light when a grave wasw being prepared at Burgh le Marsh churchyard.
Mr Swallwell, a studant at Burgh College, who took part in recent excavations at Cock Hill, Burgh, where interesting finds have been made, has inspected the jug and places it as a product of the old Crown glaze pottery of about 14th or 15th centuary.
Source: Lincolnshire Echo – Saturday 14 April 1934

Roman Coin Found at Burgh
A Roman coin, a second brass or As of Aurelius who died 175 AD, has been found during road widening operations at Burgh le Marsh.
This is about 150 years earlier than the coins found at Cock Hill, the round barrow sheduled as an ancient monument, and in other parts of the parish.
Burgh stands on the site of an old Roman camp.
Source: Lincolnshire Echo – Monday 04 July 1949

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Cock Hill Burgh le Marsh

 

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