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The Lawley (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

The Lawley is a long ridge shaped hill of about 1240 feet situated to the North of Caer Caradoc Hillfort. At first glance the hill appears to have no ancient earthworks of any note, however look closely enough and ideally with a light dusting of snow, three distinctive ringed enclosures can be made out, The largest and clearest is located on the summit, another is located about 400 yards North, a bit lower on the ridge. And a third is slightly oscured by trees another 200 yards North and slightly lower down the ridge again. Their purpose is unclear and not much is known about them, but they look prehistoric, likely to be bronze age settlements or primitive hillforts in my opinion.

Robin Hood's Butts (Shropshire) (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Fieldnotes

Robin Hood's Butts consist of two fairly small tumuli situated on the 1600 foot high plateau of the Long Mynd that covers a very large area to the west of Church Stretton. The two barrows themselves are fairly unremarkable for the South Shropshire area, though they are probably the best two examples of the bronze age tumuli that litter the entire area of the Long Mynd and to my knowledge they are the only two tumuli in such close proximity to one another in the area, though I admit I've not seen them all. There are at least a dozen tumuli on the Long Mynd, all of similar proportions and condition as well as Bodbury Ring - a Bronze age enclosure/hillfort, The Port Way - a Bronze age track and a handfull of dyke type earthworks.

Caer Caradoc (Church Stretton) (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

This hillfort lies on a very steep sided and impressive hill about 2 miles NE of Church Stretton. The hill is about 1500 feet above sea level and can be seen as a very obvious landmark from many miles away. The fort itself occupies the entire summit of the hill and consists of two levels where habitation may have occured and is almost entirely surrounded by two defensive ramparts and ditches. An ancient trackway cut into the side of the hill leads up to the fort on the east face of the hill from the nearby hamlet of Willstone. There is quite a noteable feature on the west face of the hill, a cave that has quite a famous legend associated with it. The cave is located a few feet below the outer rampart and can be fairly trecherous to reach. Also there is marked on the map two tumulii on the approach to the fort, though I have not been able to locate either of them myself.

Caer Caradoc (Church Stretton) (Hillfort) — Folklore

The local folklore is that king Caradoc (or Caractacus) made his last stand against the romans here, and after he was defeated, hid from the romans in the cave on the west face of the hill. This is a very well-known legend in the stretton valley. Similar tales have been connected to the other Caradoc hillfort near Clun. But having lived next to the Church Stretton Caradoc all my life I am naturally inclined to believe that this fort is the site of the last stand.
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