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Musbury Castle

Hillfort

<b>Musbury Castle</b>Posted by formicaantImage © Mike Rowland 12/09/2007.
Nearest Town:Lyme Regis (5km ESE)
OS Ref (GB):   SY283942 / Sheet: 193
Latitude:50° 44' 32.53" N
Longitude:   3° 0' 58.68" W

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Finally I have found the time to visit this Devon hillfort. It's a bit odd in it's design as it seems to be split into two parts. The northern two thirds is a conventional enclosure, i.e. ramparts and ditches surrounding a large open interior on the ridge of a hill. The unusual part is the southern third which runs down the western facing slope of the hill, the east rampart runs along the crest of the hill and turns down the hill.
Another curious feature is at the north end and appears to be two large mounds, a bit like long barrows, which are separate from the main dithes and banks. Unfortunately they were so covered in gorse and bracken they could not be properly investigated, this gives me the excuse to go back in the winter for another look.
formicaant Posted by formicaant
12th September 2007ce

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From the Gazeteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868).

"Musbury Castle a double ditched camp of 20 acres in this parish".
formicaant Posted by formicaant
15th May 2007ce
Edited 15th May 2007ce