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Windswept Oliver's Castle is not a castle but a hill, 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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