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Bury Castle

Hob Uid: 36540
Location :
Somerset
Somerset West and Taunton
Brompton Regis
Grid Ref : SS9384026960
Summary : Bury Castle comprises a series of earthworks forming an oval enclosure of Iron Age date. At the southern end of the ramparts is a small motte believed to be of an early 12th century date. Scheduled.
More information : [SS 93852698] Bury Castle Camp (NR) (1)

Bury Castle stands above the junctions of the R. Exe with its
tributary the Haddeo, at the end of a high ridge running N & S. It is oval in shape, the apex pointing SW, and the base NE. Maximum length and breadth about 120 x 80 yds. The apex where the entrance is found, is occupied by a mount with an enclosing ditch and the camp might be classed with mount and base court forts, but the mount is very small as compared with the area of the enclosure. Hillfort Class B. (2)

This is a motte & bailey. Re-surveyed at 1:2500. (3)

SS 939270. Bury Castle. Scheduled, Somerset 342.
(Listed under 'Camps and Settlements'). (4)

Additional Bibliography. (5-6)

Bury Castle was surveyed in June 1996 at 1:1000 scale as part of RCHME's East Exmoor Project and at the request of the Exmoor National Park Authority. A detailed report (7) was produced.
The earthworks comprise an oval enclosure, presumably of Iron Age date. Built onto the south end of the prehistoric ramparts is a small motte, possibly built in the early 12th century. (8)

Bury Castle has been mapped at 1:10,000 scale, based on the 1:1000 plan refered to by authority 8, but is almost completely obscured by trees on the available aerial photographs. (9)

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Source Number : 1
Source : Annotated Record Map
Source details : OS 6" 1962
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Source : The Victoria history Somerset, volume two
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Vol(s) : 2, 1911
Source Number : 3
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : F1 GHP 17-AUG-65
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Source Number : 4
Source : Scheduled Monument Notification
Source details : DOE (IAM) AMs Eng 2 1978 119
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Source Number : 5
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Earthworks of England 1908 136-7 (A H Allcroft)
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Source Number : 6
Source : Somerset archaeology and natural history : the proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society
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Vol(s) : 69, 1923
Source Number : 7
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Bury Castle, Brompton Regis, Somerset. Unpublished client report (RCHME, 1996)
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Source Number : 8
Source : Field Investigators Comments
Source details : R Wilson-North & H Riley 12-JUN-1996 RCHME Field Investigation
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Source Number : 9
Source : Vertical aerial photograph reference number
Source details : RAF 543/2821 (F65) 274-5 27-APR-1964
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Source : Bury Castle/ink survey
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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 : Enclosure
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Medieval
Display Date : built early C12
Monument End Date : 1132
Monument Start Date : 1100
Monument Type : Motte
Evidence : Earthwork

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Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : SMR Number (Somerset)
External Cross Reference Number : 33369
External Cross Reference Notes :
External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : SO 342
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SS 92 NW 7
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Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : Primary, FIELD OBSERVATION ON SS 92 NW 7
Activity type : FIELD OBSERVATION (VISUAL ASSESSMENT)
Start Date : 1965-08-17
End Date : 1965-08-17
Associated Activities : Primary, RCHME: BRENDON HILLS MAPPING PROJECT, NMP
Activity type : AERIAL PHOTOGRAPH INTERPRETATION
Start Date : 1998-01-01
End Date : 1998-10-01