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Freezing Hill

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Details of earthwork on Pastscape

A possible Iron Age linear earthwork on Freezing Hill, known as Royal Camp or Old Dyke in the past.
(Extends from ST 7200 7148 to ST 7233 7102) Camp (NR) (1)
Some earthworks on the southern side of Freezing or Furzen Hill consist of a bank with a ditch on either side. It has been suggested that they formed part of a civil boundary connected with the earthworks on Tog Hill. (ST 77 SW 90). (2)
An earthwork, possibly a linear dyke of Iron Age date, extends for about 1800 ft along the SW side of Freezing Hill. It is called "Old Dyke" in Saxon charters, and "Royal Camp" on Isaac Taylor's map of 1777. The bank, 24ft wide and 2ft high, stands on the edge of the escarpment, and the ditch, also 24ft wide, lies 9ft below. At either end the dyke terminates at hollow-ways leading down the slope. It is interrupted only at the parish boundary where bank and ditch are cut by a deep hollow-way and over-ridden by an associated boundary bank. Neither the internal ditch mentioned by Playne and Witts nor the NE extensions of the dyke shown on Witts' map, can be traced. (3)
Published 1:2500 survey correct. (4) Freezing Hill Earthwork, scheduled. (5)
Chance Posted by Chance
14th October 2012ce

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