Earthworks of Hardwell Castle
|Built Iron Age|
Like nearby Cherbury Camp, Hardwell Castle is not clearly in a strategic or easily defended position. It lies halfway down the scarp slope of the White Horse Hills and is tucked away in a curve, invisible from most angles. This particular positioning suggests its builders had a specialist purpose in mind, although exactly what that may have been remains a mystery. It is 'multi-vallate', like Cherbury Camp. It is unexcavated and therefore very little is known about it.
The site is described as a promontory fort by Historic England, and is a Scheduled Monument.
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about Hardwell Castle)
- National Heritage List England no. 1017820: Hardwell Camp promontory fort (Scheduled ancient monument entry)