Sharpenhoe Clapper

Streatley, Bedfordshire

NGRef: TL066302
OSMap: LR166
Sitetype: IApf

Iron-Age Promontory Hillfort

A small promontory fort on a north-facing wooded spur with superb views. Steep slopes on almost all sides make defences necessary only on the south, where a single large rampart with a wide, shallow exterior ditch cuts off the inhabited area. There are traces of two smaller external banks, but all of the defences have been damaged by the plough. Recent excavation has revealed that the largest rampart dates to the Medieval period, but this was apparently built over an earlier timber palisade, perhaps dating to the late Iron Age. There are lynchets visible on the slopes outside the fort to the south-west.