TL6062 : Devil's Dyke

taken 6 years ago, 3 km from Newmarket, Suffolk, Great Britain

Devil's Dyke
Devil's Dyke
The Devil's Dyke crosses Newmarket race course, seen here with the July Course in the background.
Devil's Dyke, Cambridgeshire :: TL5864
The Devil's Dyke is one of the best preserved Anglo-Saxon earthworks of its kind in the country dating from the 5th or 6th century AD. It consists of a 7.5 miles (12.1 km) long bank and ditch running in a south-east direction from the village of Reach to Woodditton. When it was created, it sealed a narrow land corridor between the southern edge the then undrained and water-logged fenland in the north-west, and dense woodlands in the south, so making circumvention difficult and forming an effective barrier. The dyke crossed three important Roman roads, including the ancient Icknield Way, and may thus have served as a way of controlling trade and movement in and out of the area.

It was probably built by the East Anglians against their Mercian neighbours. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and other sources record the frequently tense relations between the two kingdoms, and it is likely that this provoked the need to strengthen the border and control access.

It is a Scheduled Ancient Monument (SAM). It also contains chalk grassland of international importance and has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and part is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).

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Date Taken
Sunday, 2 September, 2012   (more nearby)
Saturday, 8 September, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Sport, Leisure 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 6091 6226 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:14.1012N 0:21.2961E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TL 60844 62372
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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Anglo-Saxon Earthwork  Dyke  Racecourse 

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