The Castles Hillfort, Bathealton, Somerset
The Castles Hillfort. Except for the strong rampart at the E end, the defences consist of a scarp with traces of an outer ditch and counter scarp bank.
Trees on the defences. Bank is c4m high on the E end but decreases elsewhere.
Clear double bank on W with ditch between. Interior grass, rather domed with a terrace in the centre. Several banks and terraces on the steep slopes to the N.
Most of the site is in good condition under grass but there is severe erosion along the W facing scarp of the fort.
Scheduling affirmed with new national number (was Somerset 353) on 16/4/1999.
See PRN 44692 for neolithic finds from the hill.
Substantial bank and ditch line visible forming E side of camp. Generally in good condition apart from exposed soil beneath mature beech trees on E side. Scarp on S side, topped by field bank is eroded, and field bank itself is broken through in a number of places by sheep.
Scheduling revised to exclude well beneath hut on west side.
OS map reference: ST 057 244. Nearest town/village: Bathealton.
Data kindly supplied by the Somerset Historic Environment Record.
Record created in May 1985
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