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Ringworks are medieval fortifications built and occupied from the late
Anglo-Saxon period to the later 12th century. They comprised a small
defended area containing buildings which wad surrounded or partly
surrounded by a substantial ditch and a bank surmounted by a timber
palisade or, rarely, a stone wall. Occasionally a more lightly
defended embanked enclosure, the bailey, adjoined the ringwork.
Ringworks acted as strongholds for military operations and in some cases
as defended aristocratic or manorial settlements. They are rare
nationally with only 200 recorded examples and less than 60 with
baileys. As such, and as one of a limited number and very restricted
range of Anglo-Saxon and Norman fortifications, ringworks are of
particular significance to our understanding of the period.
Castle Haugh ringwork survives well, its earthworks being particularly
evident. The lack of subsequent occupation of the site means buried
structural remains and environmental evidence are likely to survive
Castle Haugh ringwork, known locally as Cromwell's Basin, occupies the
NW end of a tongue of high ground overlooking the River Ribble and
commands extensive views to the NE and SE.
The monument comprises a circular mound 5-6m high artificially raised
above the external ground level. It is surrounded for much of its
circumference by a dry ditch 2m deep. An earthen breastwork runs around
the summit of the mound on all sides except the W.
All fences on the monument are excluded from the scheduling, however,
the ground beneath them is included.MAP EXTRACT
The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
OtherCapstick, B, AM 107 (Castle Haugh Ringwork), (1986)Lancs SMR, PRN 332, Leach,P.E., MPP Single Monument Class Description - Ringworks, (1988)Leech, P, AM 107 (Castle Haugh Ringwork), (1983)
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.
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