Holkham Camp


NGRef: TF875447
OSMap: LR132
Sitetype: IAf

Iron-Age Hillfort

This ovoid lowland fort was protected by a single bank and ditch on all sides except the south-east which has an extra bank, steep slopes helped augment the western defences; the enclosed area was about 5 acres (c.2ha). The fort stands on a tidal island amongst salt-marshes, next to a creek which used to be open to the sea. The Overy Marshes protect the fort to the west, while to the north and east lie the reclaimed lands of the Holkham Moels. The fort lies quite near the northern terminus of the later Roman road serving Brancaster Castle, a few miles to the west. It is possible that the fort was reused by Viking bands during their frequent raids on the Norfolk coast.