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Danesbury, Hertford

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Warren Field; Port Hill

In the civil parish of Hertford.
In the historic county of Hertfordshire.
Modern Authority of Hertfordshire.
1974 county of Hertfordshire.
Medieval County of Hertfordshire.

OS Map Grid Reference: TL325134
Latitude 51.80214° Longitude -0.08164°

Danesbury, Hertford has been described as a Timber Castle but is rejected as such.

There are cropmark/slight earthwork remains.


The Danes "are thought to have had a camp upon Port Hill, of which, however, it is said that no traces are now to be seen." (Clark)
No real evidence for the existence of a Danish camp has been met with here but it is perhaps worth noting that Danesbury School cricket ground (centred TL 3258 1346) which occupies a commanding position on the summit of the hill is of rather unusual shape and form. It comprises a raised platform of ovoid shape some 100.0m. N-S by 70.0m. E-W, surrounded by a low rampart and what is possibly the vestigial remains of a ditch, now partly occupied by the drive to the school and partly by Warren Park Road. However, nothing is shown on the 1838 Tithe Map where it falls in a large featureless parcel of some 50 acres named Warren Field. Nevertheless, such an omission cannot be considered conclusive (F1 CFW 12-AUG-60). (PastScape)

There is no real evidence of a 'Danish camp', but the cricket ground occupies the summit of a hill and has an unusual shape, an ovoid raised platform surrounded by a low rampart and possible ditch. Lies in 'Warren field'. The place name is usually antiquarian speculation, without basis. (Hertfordshire HER)
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