Painswick Hill (or Kimsbury) camp
- Heritage Category:
- Scheduled Monument
- List Entry Number:
- Date first listed:
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
- Stroud (District Authority)
- Stroud (District Authority)
- Upton St. Leonards
- National Grid Reference:
- SO 86950 12088
Large multivallate hillfort 630m north west of Lyncombe Farm.
Reasons for Designation
Large multivallate hillforts are defined as fortified enclosures of between 5ha and 85ha in area, located on hills and defined by two or more lines of concentric earthworks set at intervals of up to 15m. They date to the Iron Age period, most having been constructed and used between the sixth century BC and the mid-first century AD. They are generally regarded as centres of permanent occupation, defended in response to increasing warfare, a reflection of the power struggle between competing elites. Earthworks usually consist of a rampart and ditch, although some only have ramparts. Access to the interior is generally provided by two entrances although examples with one and more than two have been noted. These may comprise a single gap in the rampart, inturned or offset ramparts, oblique approaches, guardrooms or outworks. Internal features generally include evidence for intensive occupation, often in the form of oval or circular houses. These display variations in size and are often clustered, for example, along streets. Four- and six-post structures, interpreted as raised granaries, also occur widely while a few sites appear to contain evidence for temples. Other features associated with settlement include platforms, paved areas, pits, gullies, fence lines, hearths and ovens. Additional evidence, in the form of artefacts, suggests that industrial activity such as bronze- and iron-working as well as pottery manufacture occurred on many sites.
Large multivallate hillforts are rare with around 50 examples recorded nationally. These occur mostly in two concentrations, in Wessex and the Welsh Marches, although scattered examples occur elsewhere. They are rare and important for understanding the nature of social organisation within the Iron Age period.
Despite quarrying and landscaping for use within a golf course the large multivallate hillfort 630m north west of Lyncombe Farm survives comparatively well and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, trade, agricultural practices, social organisation, territorial significance, domestic arrangements strategic significance, adaptive re-use and overall landscape context.
This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 8 July 2015. The 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.
The monument includes a large multivallate hillfort situated on the summit of a prominent hill which forms the watershed between the valleys of the River Twyer, Painswick Stream and Wash Brook. The hillfort survives as a roughly triangular enclosed area defined on the west and south sides by three rampart banks with two medial ditches and to the north by a natural scarp augmented by a single rampart bank. There is an inturned entrance to the south east and a simple entrance to the north west with an old trackway. In total the hillfort covers an area of approximately 8.8ha.
The subject of recent extensive earthwork repairs and restoration the interior, despite extensive past quarrying has produced chance finds of Iron Age and Romano-British date, including pottery. The hillfort is known locally by a number of different names including ‘Painswick Beacon’, ‘Painswick Hill Camp’, ‘Kimsbury Hillfort’ and ‘Castle Godwyn’. It is believed to have been occupied in 1643 during the English Civil War as an outpost by the army of King Charles I during the siege of Gloucester.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
- Legacy System number:
- GC 51
- Legacy System:
- RSM - OCN
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 Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing