|I thought I’d dig out what information the excellent ‘Hampshire Treasures’ resource gives on this site – “Ladle Hill. Unique example of an unfinished hillfort, showing features which would be concealed in a completed work. Ditch partly dug around the perimeter with top-soil still visible as irregular shaped mounds. scheduled ancient monument, no.43”.
And rather like Beacon Hill (over the road) the surrounding area is pretty much swamped with antiquity…
Disc Barrow Ladle Hill Camp - SU479569 - Well preserved barrow sited on hill slope north of the camp – part of scheduled ancient monument, no.43
Barrow - SU479568 - In area of Ladle Hill Camp. Disc or saucer barrow surrounded by ditch. part of scheduled ancient monument, no.43
Bowl Barrow (Site) - SU472562 - South west of Ladle Hill Camp. Low spread barrow, almost completely ploughed out. scheduled ancient monument, no.44
Bronze Age/Iron Age Ranch Boundaries - also SU479569 - Western edge of Great Litchfield Down to Ladle Hill. Partly destroyed by ploughing, but survives in certain areas as slight ditch with bank on west side.
Iron Age Pit Dwellings (Supposed) - SU477570 - Northwest of Ladle Hill Camp. Area of uneven ground, possibly settlement, preceding or contemporary with, the building of the camp.
Earthwork - SU477563 - South of Ladle Hill. Roughly square outline, now reduced to slight platform with faint traces of ditch. Part of scheduled ancient monument, no.153
Bronze Age Earthwork – SU475563 - South west of Ladle Hill Camp. Situated in arable field and covered in grass and weeds. Ploughing has obliterated all traces of bank and ditch on north side. Mediaeval sherd found. Part of scheduled ancient monument, no.153
The Earthwork to the West (at SU476569) is believed to be Roman. “Sited on steep west slope of hill and formed by erection of substantial bank on down- hill side of the slope. May have been 'circus' or pond.”
Posted by pure joy
7th August 2003ce
Edited 7th August 2003ce