Monument on Hill-Top at Denbury

Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries vol. 11, (1920-21), pp. 222-226.


Hugh R. Watkin

Prepared by Michael Steer

Denbury was anciently known as Devenibyr and Devenibyrie, names that gave rise to a questionable supposition that its hill-top camp was of Danish origin. Whether so called of the Danes encamping there, Risdon, for example, knew not. In fact the camp was one of the hill forts of the Dumnonii, the ancient Celtic inhabitants of Devon. Unfortunately for those interested in field archaeology, the hill-top is so completely and thickly covered with a plantation of trees and underbrush as to conceal the lines of this primitive British fortress. It was scheduled as an ancient monument in 1923-4. At the top of the hill near Halwell Farm is an ancient ruined arch, the subject of this Note. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. The copy of this rare book is held in the collection of Albert William Bryant Messenger, and is available from the Internet Archive.

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