Standing at the geographical junction between the predominantly flat arable lands of the Midland plane to the east and the pastoral hill country of the Marches and Welsh Hills to the west. The depiction of the hill as the only named hill in the representation of England on the 13th century Mappa Mundi demonstrates that the hill was an equally important landmark in the medieval period. The Clee Hills have been described as
"...a landscape of social geology’, ..."
"...an archaeological and cultural landscape dominated by the nature of its mineral resources..."
There are few places in Shropshire, or for that matter the West Midlands region, where one can so clearly see the complex and intimate relationship between people and their environment. It is still a living and evolving environment since the landscape includes an active quarry producing the Clee Hill’s most famous product: the Dhustone (black stone) used principally as a graded crushed stone whose doleritic qualities make it valuable to the road construction industry. Visible and substantial remains are quite extensive and well preserved, spanning, prehistory, the Middle Ages, and the early Industries of the 17th-19th centuries. All have left their mark in varying degrees, but perhaps not surprisingly the Industrial Age has had the greatest visual impact on the hill as it survives today (fig. 1). One of the earliest extractive industries upon the hill was the quarrying of limestone for building stone, iron smelting and lime burning.