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Eddisbury

Hillfort

<b>Eddisbury</b>Posted by postmanImage © christopher bickerton
Nearest Town:Winsford (10km E)
OS Ref (GB):   SJ553694 / Sheet: 117
Latitude:53° 13' 9.85" N
Longitude:   2° 40' 10.32" W

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Excavation at Eddisbury


THE Habitats and Hillforts project has been staging a four week archaeological dig at Eddisbury Hill Iron Age Hillfort... continues...
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
19th August 2010ce

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Access was easy but i was unsure whether i was trespassing ,there was barbed wire all around it although a small lane led straight into it.in the south-east corner was what seemed like the outline of a building and some strange tunnel ,just big enough to crawl through ,my gut feeling was it was not iron age ,maybe medieval.The hill forts entrance is quite big and the ditch and bank at least 8ft tall ,the view is wonderful the whole of Delamere forest and in the distance the cooling towers of Merseyside(ugh again) postman Posted by postman
15th July 2006ce
Edited 29th May 2013ce

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About the year 900 [..], Ethelfleda built a town called Eddisbury, in the very heart or "chamber" of the forest, which soon became populous and famous for the happy life led by its inhabitants. Though all vestige of this once happy town has now disappeared, yet its name remains, and its site in the chamber of the forest can still be pointed out.

And certainly a finer site the Lady Ethelfleda could not have chosen. It was placed on a gentle rising ground in the centre of the forest, overlooking finely wooded vales and eminences on every side. A little brook rippled past through a small valley, and the old Roman road wound its way round the eminence on which the town was built.

This antique Saxon lady seems to have had a strange passion for building, as we are told she not only built this town, but that she also built fortresses at Bramsbury, Bridgenorth, Tamworth and Stafford, and most probably would have built many more had she not died at Tamworth in 922.
http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=sN0wjxyotFwC&pg=PA214
From 'English Forests and Forest Trees' (1853). Information about Ethelfleda largely comes from a short Anglo Saxon document called the 'Mercian Register' which covers the years 902-24.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
1st May 2008ce
Edited 1st May 2008ce