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DOWN END EARTHWORKS

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A Medieval Motte and Bailey site has been identified as earthworks. The siteis located is located on Chisley Mount or Chidley Mount (now called Bally Field) east of Down End village. The earthworks consist of a motte and two baileys on its northern side. The motte has been formed by scarping the western end of a natural ridge where it terminates on low, level ground. Its eastern side, in private gardens, is poorly defined and several pits have been dug into the top. The single bank of the inner bailey, and the twin banks of the outer bailey, have been constructed on level ground, not by scarping the slope. The banks of the inner and outer bailey end abruptly on the west. Excavations in 1908 recovered Norman and later pottery and iron objects. This is a Scheduled monument.

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