Ancient Monuments

History on the Ground

This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.

Camp in Ashtead Forest

A Scheduled Monument in Ashtead Common, Surrey

Approximate Location Map
Large Map »
Street or Overhead View
Contributor Photos »

If Google Street View is available, the image is from the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the monument. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.

Coordinates

Latitude: 51.3271 / 51°19'37"N

Longitude: -0.3132 / 0°18'47"W

OS Eastings: 517625.790273

OS Northings: 160018.941652

OS Grid: TQ176600

Mapcode National: GBR 7G.9PY

Mapcode Global: VHGRN.JX90

Entry Name: Camp in Ashtead Forest

Scheduled Date: 30 November 1925

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1005955

English Heritage Legacy ID: SU 26

County: Surrey

Electoral Ward/Division: Ashtead Common

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Surrey

Church of England Parish: Ashtead

Church of England Diocese: Guildford

Summary

Triangular earthwork in Ashtead Forest, 660m NNE of Caen Wood House

Source: Historic England

Details

This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 15/10/14. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

DESCRIPTION
The monument includes a triangular shaped enclosure denoted mainly by a ditch and outer bank situated on the summit of a slope in Ashtead Forest with views over the surrounding common.

The interior of the enclosure measures up to 120m long (east-west) by 76m wide (north-south) and within its eastern corner are a further ditch, bank, hollow and mound. There is a well-marked entrance in the south-east corner. The material from the construction of the enclosure ditch forms a bank along the southern and north eastern sides of the enclosure.

The enclosure has been variously interpreted as being a defended place of Iron Age, Roman or medieval date, but is most likely to represent a folly associated with nearby Ashtead Park.

Further archaeological remains survive within the vicinity of this monument. Some such as a nearby Roman villa are scheduled, but others are not because they have not been formally assessed.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

The triangular earthwork in Ashtead Forest, 660m NNE of Caen Wood House survives very well and will contain important information relating to its construction and function. Despite the uncertainty concerning its identification it is clear that this earthwork is very unusual in form and for this reason must be considered as important. The presence of a Roman villa in the vicinity enhances its significance.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Other
Surrey HER 271, NMR TQ16SE16

Source: Historic England

Other nearby scheduled monuments

AncientMonuments.uk is an independent online resource and is not associated with any government department. All government data published here is used under licence. Please do not contact AncientMonuments.uk for any queries related to any individual ancient or schedued monument, planning permission related to scheduled monuments or the scheduling process itself.

AncientMonuments.uk is a Good Stuff website.