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SYMONDS YAT

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An Iron Age promontory fort within the Forest of Dean in a loop of the River Wye. The promontory is triangular in shape with its base to the south and its apex pointing north. The impressive defences comprise a series of banks and ditches which control access to the innermost, northern, part of the site. The most southerly and outermost line of defence, and the next two northwards, consist of banks fronted by ditches. The ditches are 'V' shaped, ranging from 4 metres to 5 metres in width at the top, 2-3 metres at the bottom, and are 0.5 metres to 1 metre deep. Behind each ditch the bank rises to a height of between 1.2 metres to 2 metres. To the north of these, and forming the inner defensive structure, are a pair of banks with a ditch between them. The outer bank of this pair is 0.8 metres high, behind which is a large ditch 8 metres wide at the top, 5 metres wide at the bottom, and 1.5 metres deep. The western end of the two outer banks in the defensive system run into a lateral bank, 3 metres high and aligned north east-south west, which appears to form a limit to the defences on the west side. On the eastern side of the fort, the two southern banks and ditches have been built over by a road, houses and a car park. The two innermost banks run through to the promontory edge on their east side. Both the third and fourth banks are quite denuded on their east sides, standing to only 0.5 metres high, but the innermost bank stands to about 2 metres high on its east side with its ditch 3 metres wide and 0.5 metres deep. Scheduled.

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