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Wilcrick Hill Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Bishton (Trefesgob), Newport (Casnewydd)

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Latitude: 51.5859 / 51°35'9"N

Longitude: -2.8513 / 2°51'4"W

OS Eastings: 341118

OS Northings: 187791

OS Grid: ST411877

Mapcode National: GBR JC.CCHZ

Mapcode Global: VH7BG.JDJL

Entry Name: Wilcrick Hill Camp

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2375

Cadw Legacy ID: MM127

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Newport (Casnewydd)

Community: Bishton (Trefesgob)

Traditional County: Monmouthshire


The monument comprises the remains of a hillfort, which probably dates to the Iron Age period (c. 800 BC - AD 74, the Roman conquest of Wales). Wilcrick Hill Camp hillfort stands on a steep-sided small hill entirely covered with woodland. In places this is dense and impenetrable. The defences consist of scarps and terraces on the steep sides of the hill. On the southern side four scarps are discernible, although they are hardly steeper than the natural slope in places. Where clear they are about 3m high. On the E side the hill slopes less steeply and the scarps are fragmentary. Towards the northern end of this side an old hollow way slopes up the hill in a NE-SW direction. It is approximately 3.5m wide and 0.8m deep, and is overgrown. The northern side of the hill is steep and a scarp is visible about halfway up, 3-4m high. This continues round to the western side, which is similar.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of later prehistoric defensive organisation and settlement. The site forms an important element within the wider later prehistoric context and within the surrounding landscape. The site is well preserved and retains considerable archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of evidence relating to chronology, building techniques and functional detail.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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