Promontory Fort on Seaton Down
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Devon County Council
East Devon District Council
Tiverton and Honiton
SJ235235 (323452, 91883)
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A promontory fort of probable Iron Age date on a north facing spur which overlooks Holyford Brook on the west side of the River Axe near Seaton. The fort made use of the steep natural defences on three sides of the spur with the defensive circuit completed by a cross-spur rampart and ditch. Together the defences enclose a 'D'-shaped area of 6 hectares. The monument survives as a combination of both distinct and slight earthworks. The cross-spur rampart which provides the outer defence on the southern side extends for about 200 metres east-west across the neck of the spur on the only level approach from the south. It survives to a height of between 0.7 metres and 1 metre and is about 3.8 metres wide. It is fronted on its outer southern side by a ditch which is about 6.5 metres wide and 1 metre deep. At both ends the rampart and ditch fade out and the defences on the remainder of the circuit are completed by a naturally occuring break of slope. A bank and ditch lie in the interior of the fort; the bank is 40 metres long with a maximum height of about 0.6 metres. It has a ditch on the southern side now infilled but visible as a depression about 6 metres wide. Both the main outer rampart and the inner bank contain flint nodules in their matrix. The relatively flat enclosed area of nearly 300 metres by 200 metres possesses some terraced platforms which suggest that the defended interior was utilised either for habitation or cultivation. Scheduled.
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