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The Aubreys

Hob Uid: 359493
Location :
Hertfordshire
St. Albans
Redbourn
Grid Ref : TL0950011200
Summary : Plateau fort consisting of a double rampart and ditch
More information : (TL 095112) The Aubreys (NAT) Camp (NR) (1)

The Aubreys is a well-developed plateau fort consisting of a double rampart and ditch, except on the NW where both are single, and on the E where the outer line has been destroyed. The inner rampart varies between 10 to 14ft and the outer rampart is 7 to 10ft above it, while the counterscarp on the W is 7ft high and the remaining scarp on the E is 6ft high. The distance between the double ramparts is from 50 to 60ft, Modern buildings occupy a gap in the S side.
There is a well marked entrance in the W side, at the S end of a single rampart and a narrower one at the N end. (2)

Published 1:2500 revised. (3)

General description by authority 2 correct. The site is now flanked by the M1 to the east; but the motorway construction has done no damage to the earthwork. Topographically the settlement occupies a plateau some 110.0m above sea level and is overlooked by higher ground on all sides. The western "passage" entrance is, almost certainly, original and the topographic lay-out suggests a former entrance to the south where modern buildings (now a hotel) stand. The area within the defences (circa 18.0 acres) is now under agriculture; there is no visible evidence of early occupation and local research recorded no contemporary finds of Iron Age character.

Published survey (25" 1962) correct. (4)

TL 095112. Scheduled. (5)

Area of damage by an informal BMX/MTB track surveyed in 2010. (6)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1960
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Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : RCHM, Herts, 1910, 166, (Illus.)
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Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 CFW 17-DEC-69
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Source Number : 4
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F2 FDC 10-NOV-75
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Source Number : 5
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : DoE (IAM) List Anc Mons 3 1978 51
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Source Number : 6
Source : The Aubreys, Redbourn, Hertfordshire, SM HT2: Damage report
Source details : Alexander et al, internal EH/HE typescript report
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Iron Age
Display Date : Iron Age
Monument End Date : 43
Monument Start Date : -800
Monument Type : Hillfort
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External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : HT 2
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Hertfordshire)
External Cross Reference Number : 25
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TL 01 SE 3
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON TL 01 SE 3
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1969-12-17
End Date : 1969-12-17
Associated Activities : FIELD OBSERVATION ON TL 01 SE 3
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1975-11-10
End Date : 1975-11-10
Associated Activities : THE AUBREYS
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1982-01-01
End Date : 1983-12-31
Associated Activities : THE AUBREY'S, REDBOURNE
Activity type : EVALUATION
Start Date : 1995-01-01
End Date : 1995-12-31
Associated Activities : THE AUBREYS, DAMAGE SURVEY
Activity type : FIELD SURVEY
Start Date : 2010-01-01
End Date : 2010-12-31
Associated Activities : LAND AT AUBURY PARK HOTEL
Activity type : EVALUATION
Start Date : 2013-01-01
End Date : 2013-12-31
Associated Activities : LAND AT THE AUBREY PARK HOTEL
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 2015-01-01
End Date : 2016-12-31