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Record Details

MonUID:MST22
HER Number:00022
Type of record:Monument
Name:Bury Bank Hillfort (The Rings), Stone

Summary

The scheduled remains of an Iron Age multivallate hillfort at Bury Bank. The earthwork remains of two barrows are situated on the hillfort and these are included in the scheduling (see also PRN 00601).

Grid Reference:SJ 8822 3593
Map Sheet:SJ83NE
Parish:Stone Rural, Stafford Borough
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Monument Type(s):

Associated Events:

  • EST197 - Archaeological excavations at Bury Bank Hillfort in 1859 by C. Lynam.
  • EST198 - Archaeological excavations at Bury Bank Hillfort in 1892 by C. Lynam.
  • EST290 - A survey of the hillforts of Staffordshire.
  • EST1907 - A site visit to Bury Ring Hillfort by a Field Monument Warden (1981).
  • EST1905 - A site visit to Bury Ring Hillfort by the Inspector of Monuments (1971).
  • EST1906 - A site visit to Bury Ring Hillfort by a Field Monument Warden (1979).
  • EST1908 - A site visit to Bury Ring Hillfort by a Field Monument Warden (1983).

Protected Status:

  • Scheduled Monument 1008548: Multivallate hillfort at Bury Bank

Full description

Hillfort: Bury Bank is a small, Iron Age hillfort enclosed by an earthen bank and ditch, and is places a small counterscarp bank. Irregular hilltop area of circa 1.5 hectares. The entrance is on the west side and formed by deep in-turns of the ramparts. <1>

The entrance passage formed by the in-turned ramparts is circa 30 metres in length. On the east side of the hillfort some 50 metres of rampart have been quarried away and other stretches have been affected by erosion. The site is known locally as 'The Rings'. <2>

It is a sub-oval bivallate hillfort enclosing 1.94ha. Two probably Bronze Age barrows exist on the summit of the domed interior. In 1892 Lynam put a small trench through the inner rampart and described it as being of earth and rubble stone. The position of this trench is not known. (DAT 12/07/2012) <13>.

Sources and further reading

<1>SST3723 - Designation Record: Department for Culture Media and Sport / English Heritage. Ongoing. Scheduled Monument Designation Documents and Scheduled Monument Consents. A.M. 107 (G. J. Fairclough, 1983).
<2>SST390 - Index: Ordnance Survey. See cards. Ordnance Survey Card Index. SJ 83 NE - 1 (V. J. Burton, Ordnance Survey, 1957).
<3>SST3723 - Designation Record: Department for Culture Media and Sport / English Heritage. Ongoing. Scheduled Monument Designation Documents and Scheduled Monument Consents. A.M. 7 (O.E. Craster, 1971).
<4>SST3636 - Published Book: The Victoria History of the Counties of England. 1908. (VCH volume 1) A History of the County of Stafford, Volume I. Pages 342-4.
<5>SST3723 - Designation Record: Department for Culture Media and Sport / English Heritage. Ongoing. Scheduled Monument Designation Documents and Scheduled Monument Consents. AA 91228/2 (Pt. 2) (Graphic Material , HMBC, 1982).
<6>SST390 - Index: Ordnance Survey. See cards. Ordnance Survey Card Index. SJ 83 NE - 1 (C.F. Wardale - Ordnance Survey Field Inspector - 13-Feb-1958 (Surveyed)).
<7>SST2033 - Serial: University of Keele. 1964. North Staffordshire Journal of Field Studies Volume 4 (1964). 'An Archaeological Gazetteer of Staffordshire: Part 1' by A.J.H. Gunstone, page 36.
<8>SST2538 - Published Book: D. M. Palliser. 1976. The Making of the English Landscape: The Staffordshire Landscape. Page 49.
<9>SST529 - Published Book: Robert Plot. 1686. The Natural History of Staffordshire. Page 406.
<10>SST390 - Index: Ordnance Survey. See cards. Ordnance Survey Card Index. SJ 83 NE - 1 ('Archaeologia Cambrensis' Volume 92 (1937), page 145 (by B.H. St. J. O'Neill)).
<11>SST3363 - Drawn: Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England. 1987 onwards. Staffordshire Hillfort Survey: Illustrations. Permatrace/Paper. 1:1000/1:500.
<12>SST3733 - Published Book: North West Wetlands Survey (Leah, Wells,Stamper, Huckerby & Welch). 1998. The Wetlands of Shropshire and Staffordshire. page 215.
<13>SST3364 - Survey Report: Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England. 1996. Staffordshire Hillfort Survey: Report.

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