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Hillfort N of Burcombe Wood

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Hillfort N of Burcombe Wood

List entry Number: 1002839


The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Dorset

District: West Dorset

District Type: District Authority

Parish: North Poorton

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 30-Aug-1960

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: RSM - OCN

UID: DO 432

Asset Groupings

This list entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.

List entry Description

Summary of Monument

Defensive enclosure 640m WNW of Burcombe.

Reasons for Designation

The defensive enclosure 640m WNW of Burcombe occupies a strongly defensive and strategic position although its exact date is unclear. It will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, date, function, strategic significance and overall landscape context.


See Details.


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 19 January 2016. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

This monument includes a defensive enclosure situated on the summit of a steeply sloping and prominent spur between two tributaries to the Mangerton River. The defensive enclosure survives as a roughly triangular enclosed area of approximately 0.3ha defined by a largely backfilled transverse ditch across the spur at the western end with a slight rampart bank of up to 0.5m high and scarps on the remaining sides which stand up to 7m high. Within the enclosure is an irregular mound of up to 0.5m high. There is an entrance on the eastern side. The exact date and function of the enclosure is unknown although dates between the Iron Age and medieval periods have been suggested and the topographic position strongly implies a strategic function.

Selected Sources

PastScape Monument No:-450760

National Grid Reference: SY 51179 98843


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