SX6739 : Location of the Iron Age Hill Fort at Bolt Tail, Devon

taken 3 years ago, near to Inner Hope, Devon, Great Britain

Location of the Iron Age Hill Fort at Bolt Tail, Devon
Location of the Iron Age Hill Fort at Bolt Tail, Devon
The form of the earthworks are similar to other promontory forts in the South West dating to about 300BC; so it is likely this promontory hill fort dates to the late Iron Age. The interior of the fort has been ploughed since as early as the 1840’s, so there are no visible evidence of building platforms or other settlement here. However, it is likely that there were wooden-built round houses within the fort.
Bolt Head ( a similar promontory a few kilometres down the coast ) and Bolt Tail are not recorded as names until at least the 16th to 18th centuries but ‘Boltesberie’ and ‘Boteberie’ are recorded in the Domesday book in 1086. The Bolt may have been a stretch of high coast land between Bolt Head to Bolt Tail.

The coast around Bolt Head is rugged and dangerous to shipping. On 15th February 1760 the HMS Ramilles ran aground a few hundred yards east of Bolt Tail and rapidly broke into pieces, with the loss of 700 to 800 lives; only around 20 people survived by clambering onto the cliffs of Bolt Tail.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 25 September, 2018   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 7 January, 2019
Geographical Context
Coastal  Rocks, Scree, Cliffs 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 670 396 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:14.4891N 3:51.9741W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SX 672 394
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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