HILLFORT? (Iron Age)


Grid reference Centred SK 74175 90774 (133m by 134m)
Map sheet SK79SW
District Bassetlaw
Civil Parish Gringley on the Hill, Bassetlaw


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

Beacon Hill Camp is on the N side of a natural hill. It is elongated in plan, the long axis being E-W, depending largely for its strength on the escarpment of the hill. Some distance from the summit, on the N side, is an outer defence or terrace of more erratic curves following the natural line of the hill, its very irregularity enhancing its strategic importance... About 1.5 miles to the SW passes an ancient road from Lincoln, via Littleborough, to Doncaster. The site was occupied by Prince Rupert in 1644 when he routed the Parliamentarian army and succoured Newark Castle. (1)
A natural hill, possibly used as a beacon, and rendered defensive by scarping and the construction of a slight ditch; the artificial work is of a slight and inept nature and any occupation of the site must have been for a short period only. (4)
The outer earthwork on the E side has been cut by a fence erected around a reservoir built by the Severn Trent Water Board. This outer earthwork is marked on the schedule map but is not recorded on the plan in VCH. (5)
Morph: 138.1.1 mound. (8)
See L5132 for nearby round mound.

Data Held: Aerial Photograph (Aerial photograph). SNT2645.

CCX 94.159/5

Data Held: Aerial Photograph (Aerial photograph). SNT2645.

CCX 94.159/1

Data Held: Aerial Photograph (Aerial photograph). SNT2645.

CCL 259/0199/6

<1> VCH, 1906, Notts, pp 295-6 (Published document). SNT1383.

<2> Thoroton Society, 1939, TTS, p 8 (Published document). SNT356.

<3> DOE, AM7 - undated, no author (Unpublished document). SNT52.

<4> Colquhoun FD, 1962, Pers Comm (Personal comment). SNT577.

<5> Dodd A, 1988, AM107 (Unpublished document). SNT620.

<6> Doncaster Museum, Air photos (Aerial photograph). SNT644.

Other Refs: 261

<7> Cox CD, 1994, Air photos (Aerial photograph). SNT588.

Other Refs: C94.28/5-13

<8> RCHME, National Mapping Programme, Notts - Morph Data (Unknown). SNT1470.

Sources/Archives (11)

  • --- Aerial photograph: Data Held: Aerial Photograph.
  • --- Aerial photograph: Data Held: Aerial Photograph.
  • --- Aerial photograph: Data Held: Aerial Photograph.
  • <1> Published document: VCH. 1906. Notts. 1. pp 295-6.
  • <2> Published document: Thoroton Society. 1939. TTS. 43. p 8.
  • <3> Unpublished document: DOE. AM7 - undated, no author.
  • <4> Personal comment: Colquhoun FD. 1962. Pers Comm.
  • <5> Unpublished document: Dodd A. 1988. AM107.
  • <6> Aerial photograph: Doncaster Museum. Air photos.
  • <7> Aerial photograph: Cox CD. 1994. Air photos.
  • <8> Unknown: RCHME. National Mapping Programme, Notts - Morph Data.

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Jan 19 2023 7:34PM

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