Roman Fort, Bolham Hill


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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Mid Devon (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SS 95598 14280

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.


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.

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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)
Maxfield, V.A., Tiverton Roman Fort: Interim report on excavation 1986, 1986,
SS 91 SE 053; APs,


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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