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What's Happening at Worlebury Hillfort - William Fraher

Posted on March 21, 2019 at 1:00 PM

William Fraher, Chairman of  The Worlebury Hill Fort Group, said the monument is of international importance and must be preserved for future generations

Worlebury Hill fort, which is thought to have been created as a form of defence 700 years before the Romans arrived on British shores, is described as an ‘outstanding’ example of its type.

However, vandals moved parts of the structure, which is in Weston Woods, and Historic English re-registered it from being in a ‘vulnerable’ condition to ‘at risk’.

The Worlebury Hill Fort Group stepped in to save it and criticised North Somerset Council for not doing enough to remove the trees which are destroying the fort.

The council needed to install clearer signs to deter people from moving anything of archeological importance.

With the support of the Hill Fort Group, the council is planning to apply for funding to secure the fort’s future. If successful, the first grant for around £10,000 will pay for surveys to be carried out to assess what needs to be done.

It is expected the council may then bid for £200,000 to carry out works around the site.

Historic England says it is an ‘outstanding example’ of its type as so few of these forts were created along the coast.

Since the change in status, Historic England and the volunteer Worlebury Hill Fort Group have been trying to raise the profile of the site in the hope it will protect if from further vandalism in the future.

Scheduled monuments such as the hill fort are protected by law which make it an offence to damage, remove, or alter any part of it without consent.

North Somerset Council, which owns the structure, is working with Historic England to protect it and has cleared away some of the trees which were damaging the stones.

A very interesting talk today about a topic that is right on our doorstep!

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