Past Remains

A view of yesterday from today

Blackbury Camp / Castle, Nr Seaton, Devon

This delightful and important prehistoric site is an Iron Age hillfort with high ramparts, an unusual entrance facing the southern slopes, and featuring a triangular earthwork (known as the Barbican) to screen the gates. Excavation in 1952-54 showed evidence that the main gate had been an imposing structure with the rounded rampart ends projected forward and built up with flint nodules. These were retained by a timber palisade and deep post holes indicated a gate which probably also had a bridge to link them. A second gateway was situated at the entrance to the Barbican, and the embanked passageway had a compartment on either side. The post holes to a rectilinear hut was discovered in the interior, along with a nearby cooking pit. Other remains included iron slag, whetstones and spindle whorls as well as 1,200 sling stones. Pottery found included Glastonbury ware, as well as other iron age ware, indicating that the site was in use from the early 3rd century BC onwards, possibly by a cattle farming community; the compartments either side of the Barbican used as stock pens.

The above photo shows the later, modern eastern entrance leading from the car park, and is a popular place for locals to enjoy a walk. Now a lovely woodland comprising birch and beech trees...with swathes of bluebells in the spring...the enclosures and layout of defensive banks are still very much discernable.

 

A rather odd looking tree (above), which has been carved in recent years. Below are circles made of stones and the remains of a fire can be seen within the futhermost one.

Outer (above) and inner (below) views of the southern entrance and the Barbican.

These photos were taken during a visit in September 2008. I have some earlier ones which were taken during the spring of circa 1991 when the bluebells were out, which I've also added to the album, plus a few from spring 2016.

More photos can be seen in the Photo Gallery album along with these.

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