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HER Number:MDV108251
Name:Possible Enclosure at Castle Hill, Bradninch


A possible circular enclosure of unknown, but potentially post-Roman to medieval date was visible as a slight earthwork at Castle Hill, Bradninch, on aerial photographs of 1967. It was not seen on aerial photographs of later date and has probably been levelled.


Grid Reference:SS 998 043
Map Sheet:SS90SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBradninch
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBRADNINCH

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CIRCULAR ENCLOSURE (Unknown date)
  • CIRCULAR ENCLOSURE (Post Roman to Late Medieval - 410 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Devon County Council, 1838-1848, Tithe Maps and Apportionments (Website). SDV349463.

Field 1184 at Bradninch is listed as Lower Castle on the Tithe Apportionment.

BKS Surveys Ltd, 1967, BKS/2822, BKS/2822 V 2893-2894 14-MAR-1967 (Aerial Photograph). SDV354836.

A low earthwork bank was visible defining a possible circular enclosure.

GetMapping, 1999 - 2000, Millennium Map 1999-2000 Getmapping (Aerial Photograph). SDV321648.

Very slight earthworks might be visible.

Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R., 2014-2015, East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project (Interpretation). SDV356883.

A possible circular enclosure was visible as a slight earthwork bank at Castle Hill, Bradninch, on aerial photographs of 1967. It was located within a field named Lower Castle on the tithe apportionment for Bradninch. The possible enclosure was defined by a bank between 5 and 10 metres broad enclosing an area approximately 40 metres in diameter. The eastern edge of the possible enclosure, closest to an extant field boundary, was less clearly visible. The date of the earthworks is unknown but it is potentially of post-Roman to medieval date. The possible enclosure was not clearly visible on aerial photographs of later date available to the survey, although slight hints of very subtle earthworks might be visible on a digital mosaic based on aerial photographs taken in 1999-2000. It is probable that the earthwork has been levelled.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV321648Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 1999 - 2000. Millennium Map 1999-2000 Getmapping. Millennium Map. Photograph (Digital).
SDV349463Website: Devon County Council. 1838-1848. Tithe Maps and Apportionments. http://devon.gov.uk. Website.
SDV354836Aerial Photograph: BKS Surveys Ltd. 1967. BKS/2822. BKS Surveys Ltd. Photograph (Paper). BKS/2822 V 2893-2894 14-MAR-1967.
SDV356883Interpretation: Hegarty, C. + Knight, S. + Sims, R.. 2014-2015. East and Mid Devon River Catchments National Mapping Programme Project. AC Archaeology Report. Digital.
Linked documents:1

Associated Monuments

MDV7363Related to: CASTLE in the Parish of Bradninch (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV6530 - The East and Mid-Devon Rivers Catchment NMP project (Ref: ACD613)

Date Last Edited:Apr 23 2015 11:01AM