Multiple Enclosure Fort 320m North of Engelly
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Plain An Gwarry
County Council (Unitary)
Truro and Falmouth
SR805805 (180478, 52701)
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Earthwork remains of an Iron Age multiple enclosure fort, probably reused as a medieval plain an gwarry or playing place. The site consists of an outer and inner enclosure with an associated outwork. The inner enclosure has an earth and stone rampart and traces of an external ditch while the outer area is enclosed by double ramparts with external ditches. The original entrance is on the north east side of the enclosure. Aerial photographs show a ditch forming an angular outwork or part of an annexe extending north from the west side of the outer entrance. They also depict a bank running south east from the south east side of the outer enclosure. This is thought to be a 19th century field boundary, now removed. An early 17th century document refers to the site as Plyn en Gwear, apparently a variant of the Cornish term plain an gwarry, or medieval playing place, a circular embanked area for miracle plays. It is therefore likely that the inner enclosure was reused for this purpose.
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