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Castlewitch Henge

Hob Uid: 436674
Location :
Cornwall
Cornwall
Callington
Grid Ref : SX3708068530
Summary : A sub circular earthwork enclosure, regarded as a possible henge, at Callington. The site enclosure comprises a ditch with outer bank, the two separated by a berm. Maximum internal diameter is 49 metres, maximum outer diameter is circa 96 metres. No internal features are visible, and no entrance or causeway through the earthworks is apparent. This lack of an entrance has been regarded as a barrier to interpretation as a henge, although alternative explanations are equally problematical given the lack of excavation.
More information : (SX 37086854) Henge (NR) (1)

A Class 1 henge near Castlewich. (See plan from OS 1:2500 1953). Both bank and ditch have been heavily ploughed down and there is no trace of the outer slope in the surrounding fields.

The bank is 2ft 6 ins high, its northern half having a massive stone-faced hedge on its crest.

It is difficult to be sure if there is a causeway over the ditch at the entrance.

(Listed under 'Camps' by DOE (IAM). (2-4)

(SX 371 686) Henge included in gazetteer and distribution of Neolithic sites in Cornwall. (5)

Castlewitch. Sub-circular enclosure situated just below 183m OD on the slope of Balstone Down. Both bank and ditch have been heavily ploughed down, no certain causeway. Insufficient information available, but possible lack of entrance makes henge affinity unlikely. (6)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : OS 6" 1963
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Source Number : 2
Source : The Archaeological Journal
Source details :
Page(s) : 10, 11, 23
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Vol(s) : 126, 1969
Source Number : 3
Source : The Antiquaries journal : journal of the Society of Antiquaries of London
Source details : Fox, A. The Castlewitch Ringwork: a new henge monument in SE Cornwall.
Page(s) : 67-70
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Vol(s) : 32, 1952
Source Number : 4
Source : Aerial photograph
Source details : AP (J K St Joseph HT 18 undtd)
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Source Number : 5
Source : Cornish archaeology
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Page(s) : 35
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Vol(s) : 25, 1986
Source Number : 6
Source : Henge monuments and related sites of Great Britain : air photographic evidence and catalogue
Source details : Site 028
Page(s) : 96-7
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Vol(s) : 175

Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Late Neolithic
Display Date : Late Neolithic
Monument End Date : -2200
Monument Start Date : -2900
Monument Type : Henge, Earthwork
Evidence : Conjectural Evidence
Monument Period Name : Later Prehistoric
Display Date : Later Prehistoric
Monument End Date : 43
Monument Start Date : -4000
Monument Type : Circular Enclosure
Evidence : Earthwork
Monument Period Name : Uncertain
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Monument Type : Circular Enclosure
Evidence : Earthwork

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External Cross Reference Source : Scheduled Monument Legacy (County No.)
External Cross Reference Number : CO 256
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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SX 36 NE 2
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