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HER Number:MDV133668
Name:Hilltop enclosure noth-east of Orway Cross, Kentisbeare


A curvilinear earthwork bank and ditch is visible on images derived from lidar data, and partly on aerial photographs taken in 2000, on a hilltop north-east of Orway Cross. It is tentatively interpreted as an Iron Age hilltop enclosure or hillfort.


Grid Reference:ST 087 074
Map Sheet:ST00NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishKentisbeare
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCULLOMPTON
Ecclesiastical ParishKENTISBEARE

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • HILLFORT? (Iron Age - 700 BC (Between) to 42 AD (Between))
  • HILLTOP ENCLOSURE? (Iron Age - 700 BC (Between) to 42 AD (Between))

Full description

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

A curvilinear earthwork bank is visible.

Understanding Landscapes Project, 2020-2021, University of Exeter Understanding Landscapes Project - Volunteer data, 30-NOV-2022 (Interpretation). SDV363949.

A large hill-top enclosure in Kentisbeare is visible on lidar.

Environment Agency WMS, 2021, Environment Agency LIDAR Composite DTM 2020 - 1m (Cartographic). SDV364513.

A roughly oval earthwork bank is visible on the high ground north-east of Orway Cross. It measures 140 by 100 metres in extent, and is very regularly shaped.

Horner, B., 2022, Archaeological observation, 25-NOV-2022 (Personal Comment). SDV364743.

A good location for an Iron Age hillfort, with the major iron ore fields just to the east and ‘Orway’ to the south (though the etymology may not be straightforward).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV321648Aerial Photograph: GetMapping. 1999 - 2000. Millennium Map 1999-2000 Getmapping. Millennium Map. Photograph (Digital).
SDV363949Interpretation: Understanding Landscapes Project. 2020-2021. University of Exeter Understanding Landscapes Project - Volunteer data. Digital. 30-NOV-2022.
SDV364513Cartographic: Environment Agency WMS. 2021. Environment Agency LIDAR Composite DTM 2020 - 1m. Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. [Mapped feature: #139561 ]
SDV364743Personal Comment: Horner, B.. 2022. Archaeological observation. Email. 25-NOV-2022.

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 30 2022 4:12PM