Tag Archive: Hill Fort

Sep 30

Dundon Hill, Somerset

Dundon Hill – Somerset Dundon Hill as it appears on the 1850 OS map. There is a plan and short description in volume 2 of the Victoria County History for Somerset (pages 490-1). Ian Burrow’s Hillfort and Hill-top Settlement in Somerset in the First to Eighth Centuries has a more recent (but less detailed) description …

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Sep 29

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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Sep 29

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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Sep 29

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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Sep 28

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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Sep 28

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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Sep 28

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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