Monument record 0014000001 - GRIM'S DITCH


Iron Age or Saxon linear earthwork

Protected Status/Designation

  • Ancient Monument
  • SHINE: Earthwork survival of section of ditch within Rushmoor Wood, identified during field survey and visible on LiDAR. Possibly section of Grim's Ditch reused as a medieval woodland bank.


Type and Period (1)

  • LINEAR EARTHWORK (BOUNDARY BANK & DITCH, Early Iron Age to Saxon - 700 BC? to 1065 AD?)


Dimensions - Length 26km.
Plan Form - Linear.
No relation to many camps in vicinity. End in Ashridge may be due to dense forest (B2).
Fosse & rampart c.40 feet wide, 30 feet deep. Not for defence, perhaps a boundary (B3).
First traces in Park Wood, Bradenham. 2 mounds on line at Oaken Grove & another - Danescamp (Full description of course & map) (B4).

Sources (4)

  • <2>SBC20350 Bibliographic reference: A Hadrian Allcroft. 1908. Earthwork of England. pp511-514.
  • <3>SBC20461 Bibliographic reference: William Page (ed). 1908. A History of Buckinghamshire (Victoria County History) Volume II. Volume 2. pp34-35.
  • <4>SBC3241 Article in serial: O G S Crawford. 1931. 'CHILTERN GRIM'S DITCH', IN ANTIQUITY 5 PP161-171. Vol 5.
  • <16>SBC19564 Unpublished document: Buckinghamshire County Museum Archaeological Service. 1997. An Archaeological and Management Survey of Grim's Ditch, Buckinghamshire.


Grid reference Centred SP 8862 0366 (10450m by 11480m)
Civil Parish THE LEE, Chiltern, Buckinghamshire
Civil Parish WENDOVER, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire
Civil Parish GREAT MISSENDEN, Chiltern, Buckinghamshire

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Record last edited

Jun 6 2022 2:53PM

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