Monument details

HER Number:1972/0/4
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Excavated Saxon Defensive Bank and Ditch, Heronbridge


There is a rampart at Heronbridge with a ditch on the west side, lying between it and Watling Street. It is believed to be post roman and various different functions and dates have been suggested for this earthwork. It could be the site where Aethelfrith, King of Northumbria, defeated the Britons at Chester AD 613-16. It has also been suggested as a parliamentarian defence associated with the Civil War siege of Chester in 1644.


Monument Types

  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Saxon - 410 AD to 1065 AD)
  • DITCH (Saxon - 410 AD to 1065 AD)
  • REDOUBT? (CIVIL WAR - 1642 AD to 1649 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1006774: Heronbridge Roman Site

Related records

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