Hillfort and Medieval Settlement in South Longridge Wood
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Devon County Council
West Devon Borough Council
Torridge and West Devon
SN497497 (249713, 83848)
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An Iron Age univallate hillfort with internal medieval structures. It is situated on the top of a steep slope overlooking the valley of the River Lyd to the south and a further steep valley to the north. The hillfort survives as a rectangular enclosure defined by a rampart and outer ditch, with medieval structures within which attest to subsequent reuse. The enclosed area measures 66.5 metres long from north to south by 62 metres wide from east to west. The outer ditch which surrounds the monument on three sides measures up to 5.2 metres wide and 1.1 metre deep. To the north this ditch is replaced by a steep natural scarp. The rampart measures up to 9 metres wide at the base and up to 1.4 metres high internally. To the south an outer bank is apparent above a very steep natural slope, this measures up to 1.4 metres wide and 0.3 metres high. The whole enclosure slopes gently to the north. There is an apparent entrance on the eastern side. Within the hillfort are a range of medival structures. Central to the area is a longhouse which measures internally 29.3 metres long, 6.3 metres wide and is defined by low banks which measure up to 1.2 metres wide and 0.4 metres high. Surrounding this, on all but the southern side, are a series of circular and oval pits and depressions, as well as a two celled building and a square structure, representing further traces of the site's medieval occupation. Scheduled.
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