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Park Hill Camp



This fort is on a sticky-out finger of land just above Stourhead, which was where Richard Colt Hoare lived.
The first [object that deserves attention] is a camp in Stourhead Park, double ditched, and of a form nearly circular, with entrances towards the east and west: it occupies the whole ridge of the hill, and is naturally defended on each side by steep and precipitous ground. The area within the outer ditch contains seven acres: the circuit of the ditch is three furlongs 20 yards, and the sloping height of the vallum, where deepest, is 27 feet. A little beyond this camp rises the river Stour, from six springs or wells, which the Stourton family take as their armorial bearings: the ancient park wall ran between them..
From 'Station 1' of Colt Hoare's "History of Ancient Wiltshire", online here at the Wiltshire County Council website
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
13th January 2007ce
Edited 13th January 2007ce

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