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HER Number:MDV28349
Name:Enclosure to west of Birchdown, Bampton


Earthworks of rectangular enclosure partly cut into the slope. A Roman date has been suggested for the site although probably military.


Grid Reference:SS 951 228
Map Sheet:SS92SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBampton
DistrictMid Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBAMPTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS92SE/59

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ENCLOSURE (Roman - 43 AD to 409 AD (Between))

Full description

Keene, B., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV2098.

Vis=25/1/1986 (scott, keene + snow). Site surveyed. Enclosure partially cut into slope. Rampart still visible. Circa 50m by 40m overall. Sketch survey on worksheet. Roman military date and function tentatively suggested (keene).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV53646.

Subrectangular earthwork enclosure on hill above bampton.

Scott, E., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV53648.

Two photographs showing the site as an earthwork in smr (scott).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV53650.

Des=worksheet + survey(keene 1986).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV53651.

Des=photos(-/3/1986)by rev j. Scott in parish file.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV53652.

Aph=dap/ha 4-8(11/12/1986).

Griffith, F. M., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV8774.

Could this be a civil war earthwork? site overlooks bampton castle (fmg).

Mcmanamon, T., 09/12/1991, Archaeological Sites in Bampton Area (Correspondence). SDV359000.

1. Birchdown Farm. In certain light and in light snow, a square is quite visible in the field.

Environment Agency WMS, 1998-2014, LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution) (Cartographic). SDV359716.

Earthworks of a rectangular enclosure orientated north-east to south-west visible. The entrance appears to be in the south-west side with a possible annexe on the north-east side.

Horner, B., 2016, Enclosure at Birchdown (Personal Comment). SDV359792.

The earthwork may be Romano British in date but not military.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV2098Migrated Record: Keene, B..
SDV359000Correspondence: Mcmanamon, T.. 09/12/1991. Archaeological Sites in Bampton Area. Letter + Map. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV359716Cartographic: Environment Agency WMS. 1998-2014. LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. [Mapped feature: #86035 ]
SDV359792Personal Comment: Horner, B.. 2016. Enclosure at Birchdown. Not Applicable.
SDV53646Migrated Record:
SDV53648Migrated Record: Scott, E..
SDV53650Migrated Record:
SDV53651Migrated Record:
SDV53652Aerial Photograph:
SDV8774Migrated Record: Griffith, F. M..

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Jul 13 2021 1:15PM