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Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 55 - 1942 page 71
MISCELLANEOUS NOTES: Some Fifteenth Century Wills  Continued

Tonge, Seman de, of Faversham.
   To be burd in the Chancel of the Holy Trinity of the
   Church of Faversham.   Proved 14 Nov., 1414.
Trivet, Lady Elizabeth, Widow of Sir Tho. Trivet, Knt.
   To be burd in Canterbury Cathedral. Proved 17
   December, 1433.
Welde, Hen., Rector of Wickhambreux.
   To be burd in the Chancel of the Church of
   Wickhambreux. Proved 12 Oct., 1420.

Wotton, John, Master of the Collegiate Church of 
   All Saints, Maidstone.
   To be burd before the Altar of St. Thomas the Martyr in
   the south aisle of the Collegiate Church. Proved 26
   Nov., 1417.
Young, Ric., Bishop of Rochester.
   To be burd on the south side of the Chapel of Blessed
   Mary in Rochester Cathedral " under a marble stone".
   Proved 28 Oct., 1418.
                                       C. EVELEIGH WOODRUFF

 

AN EARTHEN MOUND NEAR ROCHESTER

ABOUT 1 mile south of Borstal in a beech wood called "Shoulder of Mutton Shaw" is an overgrown earthen mound some 10 feet in height and between 30 and 35 feet in diameter at its base. It has been known to map-makers for some long time, and has been variously described by them as a tumulus, a castle, and a fort. A recent visit has not confirmed the section of the mound published in V.C.H. Kent, Vol. I (1908), p. 411, there being no sign of a surrounding ditch or of the symmetrical depression there shown in the top. It has no structural features of note, and appears to be a simple tump of earth and chalk. Excavation has certainly been made in the summit of the mound, but this may be due to the burying of a dead sheep which, on the farmer's information, took place some years ago.
Close by the western side of the mound is the sixteenth Boundary Stone of the City of Rochester, and this surely provides the clue to its purpose. In 1460, part of the City boundary ran from Keneling's Crouch or Poule's Cross on 

the Rochester-Maidstone road to the Manor of Nashenden, to the Mill Hill next Nashenden, thence to the stone, and then between the King's Highway leading to Wouldham and the Manor of Ringes on the east side of that Manor.1
   According to Hasted the stone is also mentioned in a charter of Charles I to the City. From the charter evidence it is not quite clear whether the stone stood nearer to Ring's Hill Farm, where a boundary stone still stands, or whether it was the stone at the side of the mound. In any case, a boundary mark would almost certainly be provided on such a hillside spur, and it may well be that advantage was taken of an earth mound which may already have been in use as a Manorial meeting place. An examination of original documentary sources would probably decide the question.
                                                    R. F. JESSUP.
   1. Hasted, History of Kent, 8vo ed., IV (1798), 54.

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