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Roman Fort, Bolham Hill

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: Roman Fort, Bolham Hill

List entry Number: 1013409

Location

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

County: Devon

District: Mid Devon

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Tiverton

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 02-Apr-1990

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

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 10502

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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Reasons for Designation

Roman forts are rare in south-west England and this site, is an important addition to our understanding of the Roman advance into and occupation of Devon and the far South-West. Agriculture has caused only slight disturbance to the surface of archaeological features and limited excavation has enhanced understanding of the site while leaving the majority of it undisturbed. Excavation and aerial photographs reveal good preservation of the diverse range of features (ditches, rampart, gateways, causeways, roads and other structures) within and around the earthworks.

History

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Details

The Roman Fort site at Bolham Hill is that of an earth and wood fort of the last quarter of the first century AD. It is 1.40ha in area and of classic "playing card" shape, with a single rampart and ditch, causeways and gateways through these and roads crossing the interior. Excavation has shown that the fort is remarkably well-preserved, the road surfaces, for example, being undisturbed and the rampart surviving to a height of 10cm. Aerial photographs reveal further structures in the unexcavated parts of the interior and associated cropmarks outside the rampart. The above ground remains of the derelict Bolham Hill Barn are excluded from the scheduling, the ground beneath the barn, however, is included.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Griffith, F, Devon's Past: An Aerial View, (1988)
Griffith, F, Roman Military Sites In Devon: Some Recent Discoveries, (1984)
King, A C, A Roman Marching Camp near Tiverton, (1978)
Other
Maxfield, V.A., Tiverton Roman Fort: Interim report on excavation 1986, 1986,
SS 91 SE 053; APs,

National Grid Reference: SS 95598 14280

Map

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