Blackbury Castle

Southleigh, Devon


NGRef: SY187924
OSMap: LR192
Sitetype: IAf

Iron-Age Hillfort

This ovoid fort is defended by single dump-rampart fronted by a v-shaped ditch, which encloses an area of about acres (2.6ha). There is an entrance passage over sixty metres long on the southern side, which terminated in a large gateway built with massive timbers. The passageway leads to a triangular annexe which was presumably used as a corral for livestock. Occupation evidence from the site is sparse but one hut was found to contain a cache of sling-stones. Finds are in the Rougemont House Museum, Exeter.