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Bridport Town Ramparts

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;

In the civil parish of Bridport.
In the historic county of Dorset.
Modern Authority of Dorset.
1974 county of Dorset.
Medieval County of Dorset.

OS Map Grid Reference: SY465925
Latitude 50.73052° Longitude -2.75820°

Bridport Town Ramparts has been described as a probable Urban Defence.

There are no visible remains.


The Burghal Hidage lists Brydian (or Bredy) to which belonged 760 hides (ie a wall length of 3,315 feet). The hillfort of Old Warren in Little Bredy parish (SY 58 NE 20) has been identified as the site of Brydian, in which Bridport was the 'port belonging to Bredy'. Alternatively, Bridport was Brydian Burh. Field work and documentary evidence indicate the existence of a town ditch enclosing the Saxon town by cutting off the peninsula (Penn 1980).
Discussion of the Medieval town defences with reference to documents of the C13th (Short 1975). An excavation on the suggested line of the wall found no occupation traces at all and no ditch. (At SY 4651 9256) (Bailey 1975). (See SY 49 SE 33 for Saxon mint).
Penn believes that the evidence for Bridport being the burh is strong, since it is the lowest bridging point on the River Brit, and the topography of the town lends itself to such an origin. he suggests that at least the East side was defended where the ground slopes to the Asker. (Hill and Rumbole). (PastScape)

Anglo-Saxon defences 'of no post-Conquest significance' list. (Bond)
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