(12 miles N.N.W. of Cirencester)
'Battledown' or 'Hewletts Camp' (SO 970220), (fn. 1) , on a hill
capped with Middle Lias, seems best interpreted as a
group of gullies, scarps and ridges, natural in origin.
A Romano-British inhumation discovered in 1939
during gravel-digging at Sandy Lane is not precisely
located (map, p. 77, s.v. Leckhampton). Five iron
nails lay beside the skeleton of an adult male unaccompanied by grave-goods; there was no trace of a coffin. (fn. 2)
(1) Probable Settlement (about SO 95461972), Iron
Age and Romano-British, lies W. of Sandy Lane (map,
p. 77, s.v. Leckhampton). Material recovered from the
face of a sand pit c. 1950 included some 70 sherds and
numerous animal bones. Further investigation in 1971
showed that the Iron Age and Roman material is contained in a deposit of hill-wash. The Iron Age pottery
found c. 1950 included fragments with incised geometric
motifs, with some white inlay.
TBGAS, 69 (1950), 197–9. Other information supplied by
the Committee for Research into the Iron Age in the N.W.
(2) Linear Dyke (SO 99172195), 300 yds. N.W. of Arle
Grove, unexcavated, extends for about 350 ft. on gently
sloping ground between 850 ft. and 875 ft. above O.D.
It is 20 ft. wide and nearly 3 ft. high.
Charlton Kings. (2) Linear Dyke.
|| Witts (1883), 26, No. 52. See p. xxxi.
|| TBGAS, 60 (1938), 350.