Historical Society

Eaton Camp Historical Society

The Society was set up in 2010 to raise awareness of the Eaton Camp as a valuable historic monument.  Its members are primarily local residents interested in studying, preserving and promoting Eaton Camp Iron Age Hill Fort in Ruckhall and in learning more about local history. In 2012 -13 excavations took place within the fort supported by Heritage Lottery Fund.  The site has been dated to middle Iron Age period and remains of pig, sheep, dog and goat have been found along with items of pottery and jewellery. Excavations on the ‘nose’ of the site showed us the outline of a roundhouse and the possibility of an underground chamber close by. 

Further information on the excavations and the reports can be found on Herefordshire Archaeology at https://htt.herefordshire.gov.uk/

The site is now part of a Conservation Management Plan which is attempting to restore grassland to the eroding southern scarp slopes beside the Cage Brook and this involves scrub and woodland management and the reintroduction of grazing.  A seat, gifted by the Eaton Bishop Jubilee Committee, sits on the ‘nose’ with views across to Breinton. There are information boards at both entrances giving more details about the hill fort and the surrounding area. 

The Society currently hosts 3 to 4 speaker meetings a year on a range of historical topics and members are involved with sharing local history with others in the parish on Parish Walks.  If you would like to join the society annual membership costs £10 and for further information please contact 

Andrew Lifely (chair) 01981 250231 vanessapomeroy@aol.com        

or 

Louise Hamilton (secretary­) 01432 354443  louise@hamiltonsoftwareconsultants.com 

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