Raddon Top

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Coordinates: 50°48′32″N 3°32′56″W / 50.809°N 3.549°W / 50.809; -3.549

View of Raddon Top from Cadbury Castle

Raddon Top is the highest point of the Raddon Hills, a small ridge of hills in the Shobrooke area of Mid Devon. The summit is at some 235 metres above sea level,[1] making it a significant feature in the surrounding countryside.[2]

There is an unclassified road that traverses the hill which is the main route from the village of Cheriton Fitzpaine to Exeter.

There were earthworks on the summit, but by the 16th century these had almost been ploughed away.[3] Archaeological excavations in 1994 revealed remains of an Early Iron Age palisaded enclosure and an Iron Age hillfort with timber ramparts. The same excavations also uncovered a much earlier Neolithic causewayed enclosure.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "OS Map of Raddon Hills". Saturday Walkers' Club London & South East England. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Crediton Rolling Farmland". Devon County Council. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  3. ^ Hoskins, W.G. (2003). Devon. Andover: Phillimore. p. 476. ISBN 9781860772702. 
  4. ^ Gent, T.H. (1999). "Excavation of a causewayed enclosure and hillfort on Raddon Hill, Stockleigh Pomeroy, Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society". 57.