Segsbury Camp

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Segsbury Camp
Letcombe Castle
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Segsbury Camp see from above, looking west
TypeIron age hillfort
LocationLetcombe Regis, Wantage, Oxfordshire
Coordinates51°33′29″N 1°26′46″W / 51.558°N 1.446°W / 51.558; -1.446Coordinates: 51°33′29″N 1°26′46″W / 51.558°N 1.446°W / 51.558; -1.446
OS grid referenceSU385845
Official nameSegsbury Camp or Letcombe Castle hillfort
Designated9 May 1935
Reference no.1017717[1]
Segsbury Camp is located in Oxfordshire
Segsbury Camp
Location of Segsbury Camp in Oxfordshire

Segsbury Camp or Segsbury Castle is an Iron Age hill fort on the crest of the Berkshire Downs, near the Ridgeway above Wantage, in the Vale of White Horse district of Oxfordshire, England. It is in Letcombe Regis civil parish and is also called Letcombe Castle.[1]

The fort has extensive ditch and ramparts and four gateways.[1] Excavation at the site by Dr Phené in 1871 discovered a cist grave on the south side of the hill fort rampart. The grave was floored with stone slabs and the sides were walled with flint. Finds included a shield boss and fragments of an urn or drinking cup. Among other finds were human bones and flint scrapers. It has been suggested that this was a secondary Anglo-Saxon burial, placed at the camp.[2] Further excavation was carried out in 1996 and 1997. The report on this work describes the periodic occupation of the hill fort between the 6th and 2nd centuries BC and suggests that it was a communal centre for various activities, including sheep management and exchange.[2][3]


The site is at Ordnance Survey six-figure grid reference SU385845.

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  1. ^ a b c Historic England. "Segsbury Camp or Letcombe Castle hillfort (1017717)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  2. ^ a b Andrew Payne; Mark Corney; Barry Cunliffe (2006). "2". The Wessex Hillforts Project (pdf). English Heritage. pp. 89–96. ISBN 9781848022218. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
  3. ^ Lock, G; Ralston, I (2017). "Atlas of Hillforts of Britain and Ireland - Segsbury Camp". Retrieved 25 July 2021.


Lock, G., Gosden, C. and Daly, P. 2005, Segsbury Camp: Excavations in 1996 and 1997 at an Iron Age hillfort on the Oxfordshire Ridgeway, Oxford University School of Archaeology, Monograph 61

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