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Herefordshire

Sites in this group:

18 posts
Aconbury Hillfort
4 posts
Archenfield Chambered Tomb (Destroyed)
81 posts
Arthur's Stone Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
2 posts
Bach Camp Hillfort
13 posts
Backbury Hillfort
28 posts
Black Darren Round Cairn
2 posts
Brandon Camp Hillfort
59 posts
British Camp Hillfort
16 posts
Capler Camp Hillfort
2 posts
Cefn Hill Round Barrow(s)
10 posts
Chase Wood Hill Hillfort
3 posts
Cherry Hill Camp Hillfort
14 posts
Colwall barrows Round Barrow(s)
10 posts
Coxall Knoll Hillfort
25 posts
Credenhill Park Wood Hillfort
25 posts
Croft Ambrey Hillfort
7 posts
Cross Lodge Long Barrow
11 posts
Dinedor Camp Hillfort
12 posts
Dinmore Camp Hillfort
3 posts
Dorstone Hill Hillfort
1 post
Downton Camp Hillfort
1 post
Duke's Farm Round Barrow(s)
2 posts
Dunseal Round Barrow(s)
3 posts
Eaton Camp Hillfort
2 posts
Gamber Head Round Barrow(s)
4 posts
Gannols Farm Standing Stone / Menhir
16 posts
Garway Hill Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
1 post
Gold Post Standing Stone / Menhir (Destroyed)
2 posts
Haffield Camp (Donnington) Hillfort
2 posts
Hill Croft Field Causewayed Enclosure
17 posts
Ivington Camp Hillfort
2 posts
Kilbury Camp Hillfort
11 posts
King Arthur's Cave Cave / Rock Shelter
14 posts
King Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
1 post
Kinsham Cupmarked Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
38 posts
Little Doward Hillfort
4 posts
Llan Oleu Round Barrow(s)
2 posts
Longtown Stone Circle Stone Circle
1 post
Lower Court (Lower Kinsham) Round Barrow(s)
Lower Newton Cup Marked Stone
35 posts
Midsummer Hill Hillfort
1 post
Milton Cross Round Barrow(s)
2 posts
Oldbury Camp Hillfort
1 post
Parkwood Burial Chamber (Destroyed)
11 posts
Pentre House Standing Stone / Menhir
1 post
Pen-twyn Camp (Brilley) Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
1 post
Poston Camp Hillfort
12 posts
Pyon Wood Camp Hillfort
12 posts
The Queen Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
3 posts
Risbury Camp Hillfort
12 posts
Rotherwas Ribbon
17 posts
Shire Ditch Dyke
1 post
Stapleton Henge Henge
3 posts
St Weonard's Tump Artificial Mound
11 posts
Sutton Walls Hillfort
39 posts
Symonds Yat Hillfort
Tillington Common Cup Marked Stone
Timberline Camp Hillfort
2 posts
Uphampton Camp Hillfort
2 posts
Walford Barrow Round Barrow(s)
3 posts
Wall Hills Camp (Ledbury) Hillfort
3 posts
Wall Hills (Thornbury) Hillfort
3 posts
Walterstone Camp Hillfort
18 posts
Wapley Hill Hillfort
9 posts
Waum's Well and Clutter's Cave Sacred Well
9 posts
Wergins Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
1 post
Westington Camp Hillfort
6 posts
The Whet Stone Natural Rock Feature
23 posts
Wiral Cairn, Black Mountains Round Cairn
Sites of disputed antiquity:
1 post
Buckton Round Barrows Round Barrow(s)
7 posts
Bush Bank Standing Stone / Menhir
8 posts
Canon Pyon Artificial Mound
10 posts
The Colwall Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
1 post
Llanveynoe Crucifix Stone Cup and Ring Marks / Rock Art
8 posts
Mynydd Brith Standing Stone / Menhir
3 posts
Stanford Bishop Standing Stone / Menhir

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Experts Dig Out an Ancient Ironworks


Leominster's biggest-ever archaeological excavation uncovered important clues about the town's long history.

The extensive dig, covering half an acre of the Focus DIY development site at Mill Street, revealed that Leominster was a hive of industry from a very early period... continues...
Posted by BrigantesNation
9th January 2004ce
Edited 30th March 2006ce

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Historic Herefordshire Online


Herefordshire's searchable Sites and Monuments Record.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
7th July 2004ce
Edited 7th July 2004ce

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Midsummer Hill (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

Visited 2.9.2017

The wheel of the year turns another click. It's dark when I get up, and mist fills the valley of the Severn as I ride the early train along the estuary, a chill in the air in plain contrast to the heat of the last few days.

By the time I get to the pretty town of Ledbury several hours later, the sun has returned, the heat with it. The summer bus service to British Camp is in its last couple of weeks, and I'm keen to revisit a fort that I last came to on a cold and wet December day some seven and half years ago.

Rather than climbing onto the hills, I take the lower path round British Camp reservoir, unusually starting my walk with a descent rather than getting the uphill out of the way at the start. From down here, the bulk of British Camp looms oppressively, blocking all views westwards. People high on the ramparts are tiny, dwarfed by the enormity of earth and rock.

But I'm not going to get distracted by British Camp today, instead heading south to see the near-neighbours. Woodland canopy provides welcome shade on Tinker's Hill, continuing more sparsely to Shadybank Common and the picturesque Dales Hall. Across Berrow Downs the view opens up massively to the east, from Bredon Hill (two hillforts) to the Cotswold escarpment (lots of hillforts).

Past Fairoaks Farm a path sneaks invitingly into the trees, so I head off this way. It proves to be a steep pull through Hollybush Roughs, and by the time I emerge onto a wider path I'm feeling rather disorientated about where I am in relation to the fort. A final slog takes me up to the open top of the hill and the memorial shelter mentioned by Carl. This is where I came on my previous visit, but on that occasion I was with a group and we climbed up from the northeast, as cold December rain started to fall. No such problem this time, instead it's blazing heat to contend with.

There are a few people up here, unsurprisingly on a day like this. I head to the southern edge of the fort, where two ramparts head off around the western circumference. Following the higher of the two, some way below the top of the hill, the lower rampart soon drops away, leaving a wide space and steep hillside between the two levels. The views south and west are terrific, from the inevitable May Hill, across the Forest of Dean, the hills above Cwmbran, Pen-y-Fal (The Sugarloaf), the high ridge of the Black Mountains, the Radnor Forest, the hills of Herefordshire and eventually northwest to the Clee Hills in Shropshire. There must be two dozen hillforts in view from here.

I follow the inner rampart round, a challenge in places as the chest high bracken conceals some ankle catching brambles. Eventually coming to the northern entrance, the higher hills of the Malverns and the obvious contours of British Camp fill the view.

Last time I was here we only visited this higher part of the fort, but actually it comprises less than half of the occupied area. This time I head eastwards downhill, back into the trees. Passing through the woodland, the path re-emerges into another open area. The fort is in the shape of a fat-tailed 'q', and the eastern area is broad and flatter than the high part of the hill. Sadly the views here are much more restricted by the trees below the rampart, and the rampart itself is overgrown with brambles that make it impossible to follow. Instead I walk south through the middle of the section - it seems probable that this was the main residential area of the fort, sheltered from the winds and exposure of the western part. On a nice sunny day it feels like a good place to make your home. It's easy to see why the fort is where it is, well-defended by steep slopes and with commanding views in all directions.

Eventually I re-enter the trees at the southern end, trying to get back to the rampart on the western side of the "tail". Crossing a fence brings me to the lip of a huge drop, with water glinting far below. This marks the edge of a deep quarry cut into the hillside below the fort, taking the edge of the rampart with it. A potentially dangerous place for the unwary, the sheer drop is head-spinning and I head back to the open area before following the rampart again along its southern route. It's probable that the main entrance was close to where the body of 'q' joins the tail, but a group of teenagers are doing teenager stuff in the trees here, and it's not clear that an old git lurking in the woods with a camera is going to provoke a positive response, so once again I head back uphill.

By now time has run away, as it always seems to, and it becomes a dash back to British Camp to get to the bus-stop. Still, it's been a very satisfying return to Midsummer Hill. By the time I get home it's getting dark, and the fleeting months of summer seem to be ebbing away. The wheel keeps turning.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
3rd September 2017ce

Capler Camp (Hillfort) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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