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Newnham Town Defences

In the civil parish of Newnham.
In the historic county of Gloucestershire.
Modern Authority of Gloucestershire.
1974 county of Gloucestershire.
Medieval County of Gloucestershire.

OS Map Grid Reference: SO68881169
Latitude 51.80298° Longitude -2.45271°

Newnham Town Defences has been described as a probable Urban Defence.

There are no visible remains.


(SO 68881169 - 68911154) A Royalist garrison constructed strong fortifications at Newnham during the Civil War, and the earthwork known as the Round Green, running north from the castle (SO 61 SE 3), although it looks like the remains of an ancient town wall, fits the descriptions in 1644 of the Royalists' defensive works at the upper end of the town. The known indications that there may have been an earlier town wall are the occurrence of a "William atte Wall" in 1327, and rents paid to the Lord of the Manor for parts of the town ditch in 1637. The earthwork was used as a terraced walk in the 18th century, and had been laid out as a promenade by 1849 (VCH). "The earthworks on the south-west of the town running north from the castle are probably the Royalist's defensive works constructed at the upper end of the town in 1644, but may follow the line of earlier defences. There are no indications of defences to the north of the Littledean Road." (Leech). (PastScape)
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