Arbury Banks, Hertfordshire

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Arbury Banks hill fort. Viewed from footpath to the southwest

Arbury Banks is a hill fort southwest of Ashwell, Hertfordshire, England.

It was probably first constructed during the late Bronze Age, 1000-700 BC. Standing at 90m above sea level, it is one of a line of six similar hill forts along the northern Chilterns that includes Wilbury Hill Camp southwest of Letchworth. Excavations in the 1850s traced Arbury Banks' horseshoe-shaped ramparts and identified two opposed north-north-west and south-south-east entrances. Evidence was also discovered for several enclosures or buildings inside the fort.

Ardbury Banks has been suggested as a possible location for the Battle of Watling Street, where a small Roman force destroyed the army of Boudica.[1]

The site is a scheduled ancient monument[2]

Ordnance Survey grid reference: TL261387


  1. ^ Grahame A. Appleby, "The Boudican Revolt: countdown to defeat", Hertfordshire Archaeology and History Vol. 16 (2009), pp. 57-65
  2. ^ Historic England. "Arbury Banks Iron Age hillfort (1008981)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 November 2013.

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Coordinates: 52°01′56″N 00°09′46″W / 52.03222°N 0.16278°W / 52.03222; -0.16278