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Caesar's Camp (Bracknell)

Hillfort

<b>Caesar's Camp (Bracknell)</b>Posted by GLADMANImage © Robert Gladstone
Nearest Town:Bracknell (2km N)
OS Ref (GB):   SU863656 / Sheet: 175
Latitude:51° 22' 56.4" N
Longitude:   0° 45' 35.15" W

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Ceasar's Camp is best approached from the nearby LookOut Visitor centre by following the marked route through the woods. The outlook isn't particularly brilliant due to the coniferous plantation surrounding it. hrothgar Posted by hrothgar
29th February 2004ce
Edited 29th June 2004ce

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The camp is an Iron Age hillfort sited in woodland and the course of the Roman Road known as the Devil’s Highway runs Eat-West half a mile to the South. This might be the source of the phantom footsteps heard at the Camp one night during WWII by two women who lived in a house that has now been demolished. They were aware of what sounded like voices and soldiers marching, but nothing could be seen. On another occasion, one of the women also saw the ghost of a red-haired man standing by her bed. pure joy Posted by pure joy
25th March 2003ce

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The hillfort was built around 700 BCE and was a northern outpost of the Atrebatic tribe, it shows no evidence of having been stormed by the Romans.

It consists of an inner bank, ditch and counterscarp with an extra ditch and bank around the southern ramparts where the approach to the fort is flatter.

The ramparts are breached in five places, only two (the east and west entrance) are thought to be original, corresponding to inturned ramparts. The southern entrance may have been created at the same time as the Queen Anne Gully (cut in 1702 for Queen Anne to ride through from Nine Mile Ride), the northern and north-eastern entrances are of unknown age.

There are several non-original earthworks inside the enclosure including the remains of a 19th Century Game-keepers cottage (now demolished), old gravel pits, and small hollows inside the southern ramparts possibly relating to the use of the area by Canadian and American troops during World War 2.

The enclosure was planted out with coniferous trees during the 1950's which have now been cleared and replaced with heathland plants. Parts of the ramparts have also been cleared of deciduous trees and sown with grass to minimise erosion.

Source of information: "Ceasar's Camp: Bracknell's Iron Age Hillfort", Berkshire County Council, April 1991.
hrothgar Posted by hrothgar
29th June 2004ce

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Caesars camp hillfort video on youtube


wickerman Posted by wickerman
25th April 2009ce

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The Transactions of the Berkshire Archaeological and Architectural Society (1879-80) describes musings on an afternoon excursion to the camp. Includes a plan of the excessively wiggly boundary.

[Thank you to GreenOak for the revised url. TMA Ed.]
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
6th May 2008ce
Edited 30th January 2011ce

Bracknell Forest Borough Council


[Thanks, Green Oak, for the updated link. TMA Ed.]
hrothgar Posted by hrothgar
4th December 2003ce
Edited 19th May 2009ce