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Oliver's Castle
England

Windswept Oliver's Castle is situated on the edge of the North Wessex Downs. It is classified as an area of outstanding natural beauty.

The steep-sided plateau makes a excellent defensive location. It was the site of an Iron Age hill fort dating back to about 600BC.

Oliver's Castle is a strange name for a hill. People naturally assume that it is named after Oliver Cromwell but, in fact, he probably never went there.

It did play a part in the Battle of Roundway Down during the English Civil War. Hundreds of Parliamentary Cavalry were killed falling down the steep slopes while attempting to escape the Royalist cavalry.

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Uploaded: 21/08/2012
Updated: 09/07/2014
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Tags: england; wiltshire; landscape; nature; history; devizes; civil war; battle; oliver; cromwell
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