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West Wickham Common

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Coney Hall

In the civil parish of Bromley.
In the historic county of Kent.
Modern Authority of London Borough of Bromley.
1974 county of Greater London.
Medieval County of Kent.

OS Map Grid Reference: TQ39856522
Latitude 51.36883° Longitude 0.00766°

West Wickham Common has been described as a Artillery Fort although is doubtful that it was such.

There are earthwork remains.


Earthworks on West Wickham Common were surveyed by the Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England in 1995. A ring-shaped bank is located in the southwest corner of an earthwork enclosure (see MLO17289). It was found through the survey to overlie the enclosure and was therefore later in date. The enclosure was interpreted through the survey as dating to the Iron Age. The ring-shaped bank has previously been interpreted (by Clinch and Hogg) as being a Bronze Age barrow or as a 16th century redoubt (after being reassessed by Hogg). If the supposed date of the enclosure is correct, than the latter interpretation is more likely. The ring-shaped bank measures about 16 m in diameter and 0.8 m in height. The morphology of the mound was found through the survey not to resemble a barrow. Its interpretation as a small redoubt, probably used in military training, may be more likely (see also another mound within the enclosure MLO46591). The mound may also be part of the remains of a beacon site. Another interpretation is that it is a pillow mound, connected with a medieval, or later, warren. The enclosure earthworks may have been reused as boundary banks for a warren and this and another mound may have been reused as artificial rabbit warrens. (Greater London HER)
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