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Monument details

HER Number:TR 13 NE 28
Type of record:Monument
Name:Possible site of a promontory fort

Summary

Possible site of a promontory fort. Early Iron Age pottery was found 1973.


Grid Reference:TR 1892 3812
Map Sheet:TR13NE
Parish:NEWINGTON, SHEPWAY, KENT

Monument Types

Associated Finds

  • SHERD (Early Iron Age - 800 BC to 401 BC)
Protected Status:Selected Heritage Inventory for Natural England: Site of proabable Iroan Age promontory fort and 19th century lime kilns, Danton Lane, Newington

Full description

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Early Iron Age pottery was recently found stratified in the topsoil overlying the quarry face at TR 18923812 and it was suggested by Bradshaw that the site may be that of a promontory fort isolated on the NE by bank and ditch. Examination of AP's however, failed to reveal any such fortifications in the heavily ploughed area suggested. (1) TR 18923812. Coarse flint-gritted sherds were discovered at the top centre of the large chalk quarry visible on the left side of the A28 trunk road approaching Folkestone from London. These were found by Mr R Cross in the "overlay" which had been pushed down by bulldozing from the top and a search of the summit showed the same types stratified "in situ". The owner of the quarry and the farmer whose land adjoins the site, have given permission for any work needed in establishing the nature of the site, to be carried out. The Ordnance Survey and the National Monuments Record are unable to find evidence of a ditch or ditches on their aerial photographs to indicate the remains of a promontory camp. However, the pottery is similar in forms and texture to that found on other Early Iron Age sites. (2)

More recent aerial photos (2003, 2005/6 and 2008) plus Google Earth images of 2007 clearly show ditches to the northeast encircling the promontory, describing an arc c.280m for the outermost and c.240m for the inner.


RPS Clouston, 1994, Folkestone & Dover Water services: Bluehouse to Cherry Garden Trunk Main (Unpublished document). SKE6910.

RPS Clouston, 1994, Folkestone & Dover Water services: Bluehouse to Cherry Garden Trunk Main (Unpublished document). SKe6910.

<1> Letter (J Bradshaw 22.5.73) (OS Card Reference). SKE46039.

<2> Arch Cant 88 1973 216 (J Bradshaw) (OS Card Reference). SKE35942.

Sources and further reading

Cross-ref. Source description
---Unpublished document: RPS Clouston. 1994. Folkestone & Dover Water services: Bluehouse to Cherry Garden Trunk Main.
<1>OS Card Reference: Letter (J Bradshaw 22.5.73).
<2>OS Card Reference: Arch Cant 88 1973 216 (J Bradshaw).