Camp in Ashtead Forest
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1005955
Date first listed: 30-Nov-1925
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: Mole Valley (District Authority)
National Grid Reference: TQ 17633 60025
Triangular earthwork in Ashtead Forest, 660m NNE of Caen Wood House
Reasons for Designation
The triangular earthwork in Ashtead Forest, 660m NNE of Caen Wood House survives very well and will contain important information relating to its construction and function. Despite the uncertainty concerning its identification it is clear that this earthwork is very unusual in form and for this reason must be considered as important. The presence of a Roman villa in the vicinity enhances its significance.
This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 15/10/14. 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.
DESCRIPTION The monument includes a triangular shaped enclosure denoted mainly by a ditch and outer bank situated on the summit of a slope in Ashtead Forest with views over the surrounding common.
The interior of the enclosure measures up to 120m long (east-west) by 76m wide (north-south) and within its eastern corner are a further ditch, bank, hollow and mound. There is a well-marked entrance in the south-east corner. The material from the construction of the enclosure ditch forms a bank along the southern and north eastern sides of the enclosure.
The enclosure has been variously interpreted as being a defended place of Iron Age, Roman or medieval date, but is most likely to represent a folly associated with nearby Ashtead Park.
Further archaeological remains survive within the vicinity of this monument. Some such as a nearby Roman villa are scheduled, but others are not because they have not been formally assessed.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: SU 26
Legacy System: RSM - OCN
Surrey HER 271, NMR TQ16SE16
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