Iron Age linear earthwork

Description of this historic site

A linear earthwork possibly an Iron Age boundary, known as Hobditch. It is marked on the Ordnance Survey map of 1924. It is located 600m east of Umberslade Park.

Notes about this historic site

1 A linear earthwork is marked on an early OS map and the field name ‘Hob Daniels Close’ (centred on SP1471) taken from the Tithe Award map may indicate the location of the earthwork. A large ditch with a bank to the W may be the earthwork. Excavation however proved negative and it now seems more likely that Hobditch lay 50m further W. This area was observed during construction of the M40. No trace of a bank and ditch were observed, but conditions were very poor.
4 An earthwork consisting of a bank and ditch runs down a hill alongside Nuthurst Lane, but a small machine trench dug on the line of the M40 failed to locate a ditch at the predicted location.

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