Ardley Wood Moated Ringwork


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Oxfordshire County Council

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Cherwell District Council



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Grid Reference

SE539539 (453910, 227361)

WGS84 Coordinates

51.9417, -1.21566

Nearest Postcode

OX27 7NS

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A sub-rectangular earthwork enclosure representing an earthwork ringwork, situated circa 100 metres south west of Manor Farm in Ardley Wood. The earthwork consists of a 7 metre wide ditch which is open to a depth of circa 2.3 metres with a single causeway entrance in the north east corner. The ditch encloses an area 66 metres from north to south and between 40 metres and 50 metres from east to west. There was originally a low internal bank which is now only visible on parts on the north west and south east sides. Where visible this measures circa 2.5 metres wide and stands up to 0.6 metres high. This may well have been much more substantial or included a palisade or wall in its original form. Within the enclosure are several possible building platforms which may represent accommodation or stables. The monument is believed to have originally been a Norman ringwork reused later in the medieval period as a dry-moated settlement site. Scheduled.

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