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Iron Age and Later PrehistorySite Name: Brent Hill
Country: England County: Devon Type: Hillfort
Nearest Town: Buckfastleigh  Nearest Village: Harbourneford
Map Ref: SX7039061670  Landranger Map Number: 202
Latitude: 50.440525N  Longitude: 3.826593W
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
3 Ambience:
2Not Good
0No data.
3 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
2 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data

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Brent Hill
Brent Hill submitted by Bladup : The north east part of the enclosure from the top of Brent Hill. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Hillfort in Devon

This hill fort is featured on the Prehistoric Dartmoor Walks webstie - see their entry for Brent Hill Fort.

The fort is also recorded as Pastscape Monument No. 444944 and scheduled as Historic England List ID 1002662 (Hillfort on Brent Hill). The latter tells us: "This monument includes a slight univallate hillfort with outworks, hut circle platforms and beacon situated at the summit of the prominent Brent Hill. The hillfort survives as an irregularly shaped enclosure surrounding the summit of a naturally steep and rocky hillside which is further enhanced by a partial rampart and ditch. There is an extension to the rampart circuit on the south western side where natural defences are weaker and to the south east a second outwork in the form of a short length of outer rampart and partially buried ditch connects with steeper natural slopes to the north west and south east."

The hill fort also has a record on the Devon & Dartmoor HER: MDV7957, which tells us the fort is thought to be of early Iron Age date.
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Brent Hill
Brent Hill submitted by Bladup : Part of the wall of a hut inside Brent Hill fort. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Brent Hill
Brent Hill submitted by Bladup : Another hut site inside the fort. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Brent Hill
Brent Hill submitted by Bladup : A hut site at Brent hill fort, behind is the south eastern bank of the fort. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Brent Hill
Brent Hill submitted by Bladup : The southern bank at Brent Hill fort. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Brent Hill
Brent Hill submitted by Bladup : Brent hill fort, the south eastern defences looking north east. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Brent Hill
Brent Hill submitted by Bladup : Brent hill fort, looking north east at the steep north western facing slope.

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Re: Brent Hill by Anonymous on Friday, 09 May 2008
I visted Brent hill a few weeks ago, at the bottom of the hill you will find a sign that tells you where you can walk. It tells you to close the gate at the top and return from the hill via this gate. When i got to the top i found the gate has been chained and padlocked does anyone know why this is so. My next step will be to contact the Dartmoor National Park as access is not possible.
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