Monument details

HER Number:971/1
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Bradley promontory fort above Beechbrook 50m S Beechmill House


Bradley Hillfort is a Scheduled Monument and the smallest hillfort in Cheshire. A hillfort is a defensive settlement created using a combination of earthworks and landscape features such as hill tops and cliff edges. This is a promontory fort so called because it uses a natural spur of land with steep sides with a short line of man made earthworks across the neck to create a defensive enclosure. This fort is situated to take advantage of a steep stream bank, which forms the north boundary of the site with a single bank and outer ditch on the northern uphill slope. There is no clear indication of an entrance. The site has been regularly ploughed and the ditch is severely damaged.


Monument Types

  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Bank-defensive, Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • DITCH (Ditch-defensive, Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • DYKE (DEFENCE) (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • HILLFORT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • PROMONTORY FORT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
  • SETTLEMENT (Iron Age - 800 BC to 42 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1013296: Bradley Promontory Fort Above Beechbrook 50M South Of Beechmill House; SHINE (Yes): Earrhworks Outside the Scheduled Area at Bradley Promontory Fort Above Beechbrook

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