TF9440 : Purple Pyramid Orchid

taken 8 years ago, near to Warham, Norfolk, Great Britain

Purple Pyramid Orchid
Purple Pyramid Orchid
Like the spears that defended this fort, the chalkland habitat provides a perfect home for these.
Warham Fort
Warham Fort (or camp) is a well preserved Iron Age fort situated between Wighton and Warham. The fort is by far the best preserved in East Anglia. Others unfortunately being mostly ploughed in. Constructed next to a river bend by the river Stiffkey it was a major undertaking for the Iceni tribe. Dated from 200BC it lasted until the 1st century AD.
Two massive ditches and two tall ramparts guard a 1.5 hectare central area. Excavations of the ditches and ramparts found they were originally a further two metres deeper. The gleaming white chalk and palisade fencing would have put any invader off. It is thought it could have been built for the higher in society.

Originally the fort was a complete circle but in the 1700s works to straighten the river took parts with it, also possibly the entrance.

Roman pottery and tiles suggest the site was re-used by the Romans and that a building was inside.
Today the site is open to visitors but quite difficult to find without a map. A two gated track leads to the site and there is no parking.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 26 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Sunday, 27 June, 2010
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 943 408 [100m precision]
WGS84: 52:55.8093N 0:53.3622E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 942 408
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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