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Hembury Castle (Buckfast) Fort

Hembury Castle (Buckfast) Fort

Photo taken on 29-01-2023

Hembury Castle (Buckfast) Fort

Plan: J.C. Wall in Ancient Earthworks (1906)

Database entries

PDW coverage: Dartmoor Resource: Table of Devon Iron Age Forts
OS Map: SX 72608 68455
OS Source: Google
HER: MDV7776
Megalithic Portal: 34692
Alternate name: Hembury Castle
Short Name: FT Hembury
Exist: Yes
Record: Unique
Record Source: PDW
Cairn Class: No
Lidar: SX 72608 68455
Nearby sites: SX 72608 68455


"Hembury castle. Ia hill fort with medieval castle within. Hill fort in hembury woods, south east of holne. A camp situated on the summit with a good view to the south and east. The main camp consists of an irregular area surrounded by a fosse and vallum with a small rampart on the outer side of the fosse. The height from the top of the vallum to the bottom of the fosse is between 25-30 feet, and the area is about 7 acres. On the west side near the ditch is a mound about 30m in diameter and about 20 feet high. This is surrounded by a level platform with a scarped edge descending to the level of the interior of the camp. This may be of a later date than the main ramparts. A bronze celt and some sling stones have been found within the area of the camp. The whole is on an enclosed moor with some trees growing on the area of the mound (ancient monuments)."


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