Walk 1. Round the ancient earthworks

The route of walk 1.

The circular earthworks enclose about 25 acres (10 hectares). There were two rings, the inner one higher, so today there is a ‘dome’ effect. This originated as an Iron Age ‘hill fort’ probably strengthened by the Saxons in 913 AD. For centuries afterwards the main Witham manor had its headquarters here.

The walk starts in the centre, goes down to the edge, and then round about two thirds of the outside anticlockwise (looking out for the old embankment), and back to the centre again.

Other interesting features include the late Victorian and Edwardian buildings of the ‘Temples Estate’ of over 100 houses, started in 1882.

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