Cymbeline's Castle & Beacon Hill :: Shared Description

Adjacent to Beacon Hill to the west is an ancient Motte & Bailey system known as Cymbeline's Castle (or Mount). Any connection with the ancient British king - whom Shakespeare wrote a play about - is I think speculative at best. However it has been suggested that the nearby Kimbles (Little & Great) are named after him, so it does at least have some plausible link back to pre-Roman times. Although Shakespeare used the name Cymbeline (for his entirely fictional tale), this 1st Century king who ruled a large area of Southern England before the Roman invasion, is more generally known historically as Cunobelinus, though he is known also by various other names such as Cynfelyn and Kymbelinus.
The motte and bailey(s) are overgrown with impenetrable scrub - and surrounded by barbed wire, so access to the site is unfortunately not possible, however if you scale Beacon Hill, the views down to it are very good.
Cymbeline's Castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and there is an extensive and informative write up on the EH website here LinkExternal link
Beacon Hill itself looks an eminently suitable place for a hill fort, and it too is a Scheduled Ancient Monument as it is the site of a Bronze Age Bowl Barrow see LinkExternal link
Just south of the barrow is another S.A.M., A Pillow Mound LinkExternal link thought to be associated with the breeding of rabbits on the hill.
by Rob Farrow

17 images use this description:

SP8306 : Cymbeline's Castle - Trees and shrubs by Rob Farrow
SP8306 : Ellesborough church from the flanks of Beacon Hill by Rob Farrow
SP8306 : Cymbeline's Castle - from flank of Beacon Hill by Rob Farrow
SP8306 : Camera on top of Beacon Hill by Rob Farrow
SP8306 : Beacon Hill from the Aylesbury Ring by Rob Farrow
SP8306 : Cymbeline's Castle from top of Beacon Hill by Rob Farrow
SP8306 : Small clump of trees south of Beacon Hill by Rob Farrow
SP8306 : Ellesborough Warren from flank of Beacon Hill by Rob Farrow
SP8306 : Beacon Hill from Ellesborough Church Tower by Rob Farrow
SP8306 : Cradle Footpath leading to Beacon Hill by Rob Farrow
SP8306 : Slopes of the Cymbeline's Castle spur by Rob Farrow
SP8306 : Ellesborough panorama by Rob Farrow
SP8306 : Cymbeline's Castle and Little Kimble by Rob Farrow
SP8306 : Ellesborough - SS Peter & Paul from the north by Rob Farrow
SP8306 : View westwards from the top of Beacon Hill by Rob Farrow
SP8306 : Bronze Age Bowl Barrow on Beacon Hill by Rob Farrow
SP8305 : View across The Dene to Chequers by Rob Farrow


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Created: Tue, 28 Apr 2015, Updated: Wed, 29 Apr 2015

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