Monument record 0014000003 - GRIM'S DITCH


Late prehistoric linear earthwork known as Grim's Ditch

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.
South Oxfordshire & Chiltern Grim's Ditches compared. Evidence favours pre-Iron Age date (discusses relevance of nearby hillforts: Boddington, Pulpit Hill, Ivinghoe (B9-10).
Notes by R E Mortimer Wheeler, 1930, made when visiting Grim's Ditch with O G S Crawford (B11).
Survey of ditch & possible additional lengths (B12).

Sources (5)

  • <9>SBC1800 Article in serial: Richard Bradley. 1968. 'SOUTH OXON GRIM'S DITCH & ITS SIGNIFICANCE', IN OXONIENSIA 33 PP1-13. Vol 33.
  • <10>SBC6418 Article in serial: J Hinchliffe. 1975. 'EXCAVATIONS AT GRIM'S DITCH, MONGEWELL,1974', IN OXONIENSIA 40 PP122-135. Vol 40.
  • <11>SBC16525 Unpublished document: Mortimer Wheeler. 1930. PHOTOCOPY OF WHEELER'S NOTES SUPPLIED BY C SAUNDERS, VERULAMIUM MUSEUM, FEB 1980.
  • <12>SBC4487 Unpublished document: H B Eaton. 1986. 'GRIM'S DITCH'.
  • <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SBC19564 Unpublished document: Buckinghamshire County Museum Archaeological Service. 1997.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 DRAYTON BEAUCHAMP, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire

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Record last edited

May 22 2022 3:00PM

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