The outermost ditch of Whitsbury Castle
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Whitsbury Castle, or Whitsbury Castle Ditches, is the site of an Iron Age univallate hillfort located near the village of Whitsbury in Hampshire. The fort is roughly pear-shaped, located on a chalk outcrop, and covering approximately sixteen acres. The defenses comprise two large ramparts with outer ditches and an additional counter scarp bank on the northern half. The original entrance was at the southwestern corner but has been destroyed by the construction of a post-medieval manor house. The site has been in use throughout the ages, with excavation revealing mesolithic activity, an association with a Bronze Age ranch boundary, an Iron Age hillfort settlement, followed much later by Anglo-Saxon renovation and reuse of the defences. The site is privately owned but is flanked externally on all sides but east by public bridleways.
The site is listed as a scheduled ancient monument no.94.
- http://www.hants.gov.uk/hampshiretreasures/vol05/page317.html Hampshire Treasures website
- http://www.megalithic.co.uk/article.php?sid=11334 The Megalithic Portal
- List of places in Hampshire
- List of hill forts in England
- List of hill forts in Scotland
- List of hill forts in Wales