Possible undated enclosure, Alderminster
The possible site of an Iron Age hillfort. A large enclosure is visible as a cropmark on aerial photographs. It is situated on the west side of Boundary Covert. An alternative interpretation of these cropmarks is that they are natural features.
1 Possible hillfort. A large oval enclosure. Visited by Thomas. Slight traces of an earthwork survive around the NW quarter.
3 Air photographs indicate a possible enclosure of about 13 ha. The enclosure is well defined on the N and SW. Photographs may indicate a bank with an external ditch. To the NE, E and SE the rampart is not clearly defined, although it roughly coincides with the boundary of Boundary Covert on the SE. If a rampart existed on the E it must have been very severely damaged. Alternatively the marks could be geological, caused by the outcroppings of a different layer of strata.
4 The whole W half of the enclosure was visible as a break of slope following the contour. The E half was not visible. On the SE it runs under woodland, to the NE under a field of crop.
5 No trace of ramparts were evident on the N, W, S or SE of the hill. To the W a drainage ditch has been cut alongside a track from the hill top to Knavenhill Farm. This drainage ditch should have cut the rampart, but there is no trace of a bank or ditch.
6 In a commanding position with downhill slopes to the E, S and W. It would seem that the site is probably not a hillfort. It is remotely possible that the drainage ditch could have been cut through a hillfort entrance, but a geological origin for the cropmarks seems more likely.
7 Reported as above.
8 Some elements of the western half of a ?rampart may be visible on modern satellite imagery.