Category: Iron Age

Castle Steads, Coverham, North Yorkshire

Castle Steads Iron Age Hill Fort – Coverham Castle Steads as it appears on the 1850’s OS map. The western side of Castlew Steads. Image Gallery Upload your photo’s for the site here

Maiden Castle, Pooley Bridge, Cumbria

Maiden Castle – Pooley Bridge, Cumbria A superbly circular “fort”, built on the side of the hill, which seems to be a Brigantian fashion (see below). This is built with two rampart walls and a very narrow ditch between – 1-2m. If these were defences, they seem pretty slight. In it’s way, a miniature version …

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Dunmallard Hill, Cumbria

Dunmallard Hill – Pooley Bridge, Cumbria Dunmallard Hill, shrouded in trees, hides a true hill-fort. It uses the steed slopes of the hill to good effect, adding to the defence with a deep ditch and rampart within. The ramparts are up to 10m in height from the base of the ditch, which is still 2-3m …

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Castle Naze, Derbyshire

Castle Naze Promontory hill fort (SK 055784) 1.5 miles SW of Chapel-en-le-Frith. Castle Naze must be one of the most extraordinary hill forts in Derbyshire. This is due to its ditched entrances, of which two are visible. Castle Naze. The Causeway to entrance 1 can be seen circling the right side of the hill. OS …

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Roulston Scar, North Yorkshire

Roulston Scar – Thirsk   “”We were shocked to discover such a huge complex,” said Alastair Oswald, archaeological field investigator for English Heritage. Preliminary examinations of the remains suggest it was more than twice the size of most other prehistoric strongholds. Built of timber palisades and girdled by a 1.3 mile circuit of ramparts, 60 …

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Barwick in Elmet, West Yorkshire

Hall Tower Hill and Wendel Hill – Barwick in Elmet Air photo (W Yorks Metropolitan CC) and 1908 OS map entry for Barwick in Elmet, the later Bailey tower can be clearly seen, the larger enclosure of the earlier Iron age fort can be seen. Description “The scale and function of the earthworks, which may …

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Maiden Castle, Reeth, North Yorkshire

Maiden Castle – Reeth For over five hundred years, the miners and smelters of Reeth produced mountains of precious lead. The lead ores from Reeth had high concentrations of Silver, Lead itself became and important ingredient in bronze. Maiden Castle, deep in the Swaledale lead mining territory a unique piece of Iron Age architecture. It …

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Scoles Coppice, South Yorkshire

Scoles Coppice Little is known about the camp at Scholes Coppice, but it’s small size and proximity to Roman Rig mean it could well have been used as a patrol fort for the Roman Rig defense. This is the 1850’s os map showing Scoles Coppice camp, the Roman Rig dyke runs a few hundred meters …

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Carl Wark, Peak District, Derbyshire

Carl Wark Hill Fort Carl Wark is an excellent example of an escarpment hill fort. Was this atmospheric hill fort inhabited in the Iron Age? Carl Wark Fort plan (Hogg), and photograph This is a hill fort of unproven origin, best thought to be Iron or Dark age in date. Bronze age artifacts are also …

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Mam Tor, Peak District, Derbyshire

Mam Tor – Dark Peak, Derbyshire   Mam Tor, seen from the east. Plan of Mam Tor “despite is unusually high position, this fort contains traces of a number of huts, and on investigation these have yielded plentiful pottery, as well as charcoal giving a surprisingly early radio carbon date. The defense is single dump …

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