Chanctonbury Ring

Iron Age Hillfort and Romano British Temple

A small pear-shaped Iron-Age Hillfort dating to 400 – 300BC. It has a single rampart of dump construction, and an external ditch, with some extra defences to the west and east, and a simple entrance gap on the south-west. The approaches along the spur to the west and south-east are barred by cross-dykes, positioned some 440 yards (400m) away from the main defences. Among the beech trees planted in the interior of the fort during the 18th century can be seen a small, rectangular, Romano-British temple of the 1st or 2nd century. It has a rectangular cella or shrine with walls of flint and mortar surrounded by a rectangular outer enclosure or temenos.

Map References for Chanctonbury Ring – Washington, Sussex

NGRef: TQ139121 OSMap: LR198