Monument record 0001700000 - PULPIT HILL CAMP


Remains of Iron Age hillfort on Pulpit Hill, recorded in earthwork surveys and trial trench excavation.

Protected Status/Designation

  • Planning Notification Area: Earthworks of Iron Age hillfort, with Medieval trackways, boundary banks and quarries in Pulpit Wood


Type and Period (2)

  • MULTIVALLATE HILLFORT (Early Iron Age to Late Iron Age - 700 BC to 42 AD)
  • HILLFORT (Early Iron Age to Late Iron Age - 700 BC to 42 AD)


Dimensions - Length 100m, Width 90m.
Plan Form - D shaped.
On edge of escarpment of Chilterns. E side double rampart & ditch, original entrance with ?Modern widening. Platform behind double rampart (B6,B10).
IA 'C' bivallate ridge end fort (B8).
Early ref as 'Cymbeline's Mount' (CASS 00020). Traditionally ascribed to Cunobelin (B1).
Trial trench excavated by Boughley Burgess in 1855 on behalf of the Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society. 'A cutting was made through about half the centre of the square camp, but nothing peculiar was found except pieces of very coarse brown and black pottery, a boar's tusk, and quantities of oyster shells, and some bones, apparently those of animals' (B2).
Scheduled (B10).
Detailed topographical survey carried out by English Heritage on behalf of the National Trust (B13-14).

Sources (14)

  • <1>SBC7594 Bibliographic reference: LIPSCOMB 2 P341.
  • <2>SBC2201 Article in serial: Boughley Burgess. 1855. 'EARTHWORKS AT HAMPDEN & LITTLE KIMBLE', IN RECS OF BUCKS 1 P141. Vol 1.
  • <3>SBC4686 Bibliographic reference: EVANS J 1872 ANCIENT STONE IMPLEMENTS PP253,279.
  • <4>SBC20350 Bibliographic reference: A Hadrian Allcroft. 1908. Earthwork of England.
  • <5>SBC20461 Bibliographic reference: William Page (ed). 1908. A History of Buckinghamshire (Victoria County History) Volume II. Volume 2. p25.
  • <6>SBC12639 Bibliographic reference: RCHM BUCKS 1 P164.
  • <7>SBC1285 Unpublished document: BCM ACCESSIONS REGISTERS 1914, 1962, 1965 & 1973.
  • <8>SBC11368 Unpublished document: Ordnance Survey Field Investigator. OS RECORD CARDS (FILED).
  • <9>SBC11463 Article in serial: 1942. OXONIENSIA 1942 7 P108 (NOTE). Vol 7.
  • <10>SBC13939 Scheduling record: English Heritage. 1995. SCHEDULING LIST OF INSPECTORATE OF ANCIENT MONUMENTS.
  • <11>SBC8259 Unpublished document: W L Matthews. 1988. NATIONAL TRUST ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY: PULPIT WOOD.
  • <12>SBC19466 Graphic material: Went DA. 1995. Pulpit Hill Camp MPP fieldworker site visit.
  • <13>SBC19494 Unpublished document: English Heritage. 2001. Pulpit Hill, Great and Little Kimble:Iron Age Hillfort.
  • <14>SBC19576 Article in serial: National Trust. 2001. The National Trust Annual Archaeological Review 2000-2001. No 9. p57.


Grid reference Centred SP 8317 0503 (167m by 175m) (2 map features)
Civil Parish GREAT AND LITTLE KIMBLE, Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Finds (0)

Related Monuments/Buildings (11)

Related Events/Activities (6)

  • Event - Survey: Condition survey (EBC15961)
  • Event - Intervention: Excavation trial trench (EBC17853)
  • Event - Survey: Site visit (EBC13820)
  • Event - Survey: Site visit (EBC17854)
  • Event - Survey: Topographic earthwork survey (EBC17855)
  • Event - Survey: Topographic survey (EBC16009)

Record last edited

Jun 3 2022 6:14PM

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