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Uley Bury Camp



Uley Bury Camp.-- This famous fortress, according to old village tradition, was known as the "maiden" hill; it being said that it was never taken by besiegers. [..] So steep is the hill, that it is hard to think it could be captured by a hostile attack, unless it were taken unawares at the entrance in the narrow neck which unites it with high lands to the east.
From Gloucestershire Notes and Queries v5 (1891-4). Elsewhere on the Internet people like to claim the name 'maiden' comes from some alleged Celtic words for 'great hill'. But whether that's any more or less likely I don't know. Maybe the latter is / was a less embarrassing explanation.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
5th January 2012ce
Edited 5th January 2012ce

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