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Castle Ditches
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Castle Ditches is located in Wiltshire
Castle Ditches
Location in Wiltshire
Alternative name Spelsbury
Location Wiltshire
Coordinates 51°03′14″N 2°03′15″W / 51.0540°N 2.0542°W / 51.0540; -2.0542
Area 24 acres
History
Periods Iron Age
Site notes
Public access no
Identifiers
NHLE 1005701

Castle Ditches is the site of an Iron Age trivallate hillfort in the southeast of Tisbury parish in Wiltshire, England.

It is probable that its ancient name was Spelsbury; it was referred to as Willburge in Tisbury's charter of 984 A.D. Its shape is roughly triangular, and follows the contours of the small hill upon which it sits. The earthworks comprise a triple row of ramparts and ditches, now covered on three sides by woodland. There is a large entrance towards the southeast, where there is the shallowest incline of the hill; but there is also a narrow slit on the opposite side. The area within the site encompasses nearly 24 acres (9.7 ha), and the greatest height of the ramparts is about 40 feet (12 m).

Castle Ditches was recorded as a Scheduled Monument in 1932.

Location

The site is at , about 1 12 miles (2.4 km) southeast of Tisbury village. The hill has a summit of 193m AOD and overlooks the valley of the River Nadder to the north. Public footpaths surround the site, but the land is privately owned.

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