There’s not much visible today, but you might be standing close to the site of a Medieval motte (a mound forming the site of a castle). The objects below are recorded as being from “the site of an ancient mansion, Castle Field, Crowdecote”.
Crowdecote is nearby to Pilsbury Castle, which is well documented and still visible today in the form of earthworks. It controlled an important crossing point over the River Dove. But did Crowdecote also have a fortified crossing?
The artifacts above were originally in the collections of local antiquarian, Micah Salt, whose activities and collections were recorded in a series of publications by W Turner, who wrote in 1903:
At Crowdicote, near Hartington, there are remains of foundations of an old castle. A passage like a cave had been made under them. In it were found, about twenty years ago, a number of relics … The cottages near the spot are partly built of sandstone, evidently from the ruins