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Shire Ditch

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<b>Shire Ditch</b>Posted by morfeImage © morfe
Nearest Town:Ledbury (5km W)
OS Ref (GB):   SO761368 / Sheet: 150
Latitude:52° 1' 43.01" N
Longitude:   2° 20' 54.23" W

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Malvern Hills Cable Car Proposal


The Malvern Hills Conservators, the charity which owns and protects the Hills and Commons of Malvern, is meeting this week to discuss proposals for a cable car on the Malvern Hills... continues...
Posted by credashill
9th February 2015ce
Edited 10th February 2015ce

Survey shows Midsummer Hill ditch prehistoric


This Is Malvern.co.uk

ONE of the most prominent man-made features of the Malvern Hills may be a lot older than previously thought. Archaeologists surveying the hills have uncovered evidence that the Shire Ditch, which runs along the hills' ridgeline, could date back to the late Bronze Age... continues...
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
27th June 2003ce
Edited 15th February 2006ce

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Visited on 4.7.09 and walked the length of Shire Ditch from Hangman's Hill in the south (it actually continues further south to Midsummer Hill ) to the northern end between Worcestershire Beacon and North Hill. In between are the British Camp hillfort, Colwall round barrows and some wonderful views.

What a great way to spend an afternoon!
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
3rd August 2009ce
Edited 4th September 2009ce

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A ditch extends all along the top of the Malvern Range, which is said to have been constructed by Gilbert de Clare, the (red) Earl of Gloucester, who married Joan of Acre, daughter of Edward the 1st. The Earl resided at Hanley Castle and received the right of Malvern Chase as his wife's dower, so, wishing to separate this from the lands of the Bishop of Hereford, he constructed a ditch. It is hardly possible that a ditch alone without a fence or pallisading could keep deer and other game from straying. He swore his usual oath, "By the Splendour of God, if I catch any man trespassing upon my manor I will cut off his hands."
What an unutterable prat. This is from 'Camps on the Malvern Hills' by F G Hilton Price, in the journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, v10, 1881. W S Symonds also calls it the 'Red Earl's Ditch' in his 'Hanley Castle' novel (see Waum's Well).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
24th April 2011ce
Edited 24th April 2011ce