Ramparts of Woodbury Castle, an Iron Age hill fort

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Kevin Childress on June 26, 2010

David, Were there any visible traces of the castle? I would so enjoy wondering around in a place like this!

David Wilson on June 27, 2010

Late Iron Age hill forts in the UK consisted of huge earthworks - ramparts and ditches in concentric rings - the ramparts topped by a wooden palisade. Inside, an area of several acres, would be found a village, including areas for growing crops and raising animals. These were BIG castles. All that remains at Woodbury, as with all Late Ironage castles in the UK, are the earthworks (incomplete), which in this case have since been overgrown by beech woodland. In this snap my friends daughter and I are on top of one of the ramparts, and she is down in the ditch between the one we are on and the next outer of them. The Romans had to work hard to take these places when they conquered England. Fall they did, as the Romans were experts at building ramps under fire.

Kevin Childress on June 28, 2010

David, Thank you for the great description! I can relate to what this must look like. Many of the early fortifications in the U.S. certainly got the inspriration from some where!

Thanks again,


Борис Бусоргин on August 15, 2011

very interesting! like!

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  • Uploaded on June 25, 2010
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    by David Wilson
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot A620
    • Exposure: 0.033s
    • Focal Length: 7.30mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.798
    • Exposure Bias: -0.67 EV
    • No flash