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Round Wood Cliff Castle

Cliff Fort

<b>Round Wood Cliff Castle</b>Posted by juameiImage © © Environment Agency copyright and/or database right 2015.
Nearest Town:Truro (5km NNW)
OS Ref (GB):   SW837404 / Sheet: 204
Latitude:50° 13' 24.02" N
Longitude:   5° 1' 57.87" W

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On National Trust open land.

Mentioned by Craig Weatherhill, in “Cornovia: Ancient Sites of Cornwall & Scilly” (Cornwall Books - 1985, revised 1997 & 2000) “This site is better described as a promontory fort. The Iron Age earthworks – two widely spaced banks and ditches, each with a central entrance – cross the neck of a thickly wooded promontory between Cowland and Lamouth Creeks. The inner rampart is the stronger of the two, reaching 3.0m in height and fronted by a ditch 1.5m deep. Within these defences, and on the highest part of the headland, is an oval bank up to 2.0m high, with parts of an external ditch. This enclosure is 115m from west to east, by 45m. The entrance faces west, directly in line with entrances through the outer banks. The fort is an unusual one and has not been excavated; however, this inner enclosure may be a secondary, perhaps post-Roman feature. The fort is cunningly sited in a semi-concealed position guarding the important confluence of the Fal and Truro Rivers.”
pure joy Posted by pure joy
6th September 2003ce