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Woodbury Hill


<b>Woodbury Hill</b>Posted by formicaantImage © Mike Rowland 03/04/2007.
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  • Monument No. 456110

Nearest Town:Bere Regis (2km W)
OS Ref (GB):   SY856947 / Sheet: 194
Latitude:50° 45' 4.02" N
Longitude:   2° 12' 14.93" W

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Access to this site has been greatly improved lately, it used to be a muddy scramble to get up to it. Park just down the hill from it in a long passing place. The views from the top of the hill are quite spectacular, nearby Woolsbarrow can be clearly seen to the southeast. Only part of the site can be walked upon as the rest is a working farm, there are houses and outbuildings here. At present only a single bank can be seen, the western and southern aspects are most accessible, apparently there was another ditch and bank which was quarried away for the gravel, which is still to be seen anywhere the ground is broken . formicaant Posted by formicaant
3rd April 2007ce
Edited 7th February 2023ce


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The Anchoret’s Well inside this Iron Age hillfort was said to contain a golden table or tablet. On 21st September (i.e. the Autumnal Equinox) each year the local people used to come to the well and drink its water which was believed to have healing powers. pure joy Posted by pure joy
19th March 2003ce


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Details of hillfort on Pastscape

Woodbury (SY 856948) is a contour hill-fort which occupies the entire flat top of the gravel-capped spur called Woodbury Hill 360ft above OD, 1/2 mile E of the parish church. The area enclosed is about 12 acres. The defences, though now much broken down, consist of a main inner rampart, at best 40ft wide and 19ft high above a single ditch, 5ft deep and 30ft wide, and a relatively massive counterscarp bank up to 26ft across, beyond which the ground falls steeply on the E side and greater part of the S side. On the NW there is a sloping shelf between the ramparts and the steep face of the hill. On this shelf is a series of rather flat-topped parallel ridges 1ft high, 10 yds or so wide and about 50 yds long, divided by furrows about 4ft wide. These are more likely to be connected with the annual sheep fairs once held in the hill-fort (Hutchins I, 135) than with agriculture. To the N a gently dipping but fairly narrow saddle connects the spur with the main ridge. At this vulnerable point the outer bank seems to have been thrust about 70 yds forward from the main rampart but the remains have been heavily ploughed. In the lane to the NE is a double fall which might mark the line of a ditch but this cannot be confirmed.

The present road in from the SW probably follows the line of an original entrance, and possibly does that at the NE; but all the other breaks in the defences seem to be secondry. The surface of the interior is uneven in many places but it is impossible to detect anything certainly ancient. The chapel shown on the plan certainly existed in the early 15th century and its footings were still traceable in the late 18th century (Hutchins, ibid). The nearby well was traditionally associated with it.
Chance Posted by Chance
24th May 2014ce


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Bere Regis Village Website

Lots of information about the five day September fair that used to be held inside Woodbury fort - the largest in southern England, attracting thousands of visitors each day and drawing traders from as far afield as Birmingham, Norwich, Exeter, Bristol and London. It is known to have already existed in the 1200s and continued until the middle of the 20th century.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
8th September 2005ce