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HER Number:MDV81024
Name:Hillfort at Axminster


Site of possible hillfort at Axminster.


Grid Reference:SY 297 986
Map Sheet:SY29NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAxminster
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishUNKNOWN

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses: none recorded

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

Higham, R. A., 1986, Was There A Castle at Axminster?, 183 (Article in Serial). SDV348700.

It is possible that the 'old castle' referred to in documents was the remains of an Iron Age enclosure, a possibility that occurred to Davidson, 1833.

Weddell, P. J., 1991, Archaeological Appraisal of Potential Development Areas in Axminster and its Environs, 2 (Report - Assessment). SDV99927.

It was suggested by 19th century antiquarians that Axminster lies on the site of a hillfort, although this has never been substantiated.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV348700Article in Serial: Higham, R. A.. 1986. Was There A Castle at Axminster?. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 44. Paperback Volume. 183. [Mapped feature: #49010 ]
SDV99927Report - Assessment: Weddell, P. J.. 1991. Archaeological Appraisal of Potential Development Areas in Axminster and its Environs. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 91.14. A4 Stapled + Digital. 2.

Associated Monuments

MDV16840Related to: Axminster Castle (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 21 2011 11:35AM