SE0298 : Maiden Castle from the south

taken 7 months ago, near to Healaugh, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Maiden Castle from the south
Maiden Castle from the south
Maiden Castle is a prehistoric defended settlement situated on a north facing slope on the lower flanks of High Harker Hill overlooking the confluence of two major valleys. The enclosure is is oval in shape and measures 108m east to west by 88m north to south. The area has been enclosed by a substantial surrounding ditch and an inner rampart upon which are the footings of a stone wall. There is an entrance on the east side approached by stone-walled avenue, now tumbled, 114m long and 6m wide, a unique feature. Within the interior of the enclosure are the remains of a stone-founded hut circle with with possibly another 20m to the south west.

There is little evidence of its probable date but the construction of the round-house suggested late Iron Age/Romano-British although it may have been much earlier.

At the eastern extent of the avenue is a large, mutilated round barrow of earth and gravel, 1.7m high, approximately 35m east to west by 28m north to south.

The hill fort and adjacent round barrow are Scheduled Ancient Monuments (List entry Number: 1012609) LinkExternal link

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Date Taken
Thursday, 14 June, 2018   (more nearby)
Friday, 22 June, 2018
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Uplands  Paths  Moorland 
Primary Subject of Photo
Hill Fort 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 0218 9807 [10m precision]
WGS84: 54:22.6875N 1:58.0767W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 02197 98030
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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