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Monument Name Bentley Mill
SMR Number 571
Summary A feature on Navestock Common which William Stukely described as a system of mounds and earthworks.
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Description In 1725 William Stukely came across a feature on Navestock Common which he described as a system of mounds and earthworks. He gave the site the name "alate temple of the druids" as part of the earthworks, according to Stukely, took the form of a wing (`ala' is Latin for wing). E A Rudge reports seeing earthworks in Mason's Plantation but their size and shape could not be deciphered as they were so overgrown. <1> OS plan card shows a copy of Stukely's plan. <2> Amember of the public (Mr Channon) had reported the flattening of mounds on the Mores Plantation. A site visit to confirm this was made by Havis and Medlycott (4/4/1992) who found that the brambles previously reported had been removed (1986 to 1991) revealing a series of earthwork banks surrounding a central circular mound. The central mound had been heavily quarried with a circle of trees interpreted as denoting the original edge of the mound. Havis suggests this represents a small motte and bailey or two adjoining baileys to the central motte. It is not clear whether this is the temple refered to by Stukely or if that is located at the western end of Mores wood. <4>
Monument Type(s) EARTHWORK
EARTHWORK
Monument Class(es) EARTHWORK
Period
Status Not Known
Administration Area BRENTWOOD, BRENTWOOD, ESSEX
National Grid Reference Square: TQ59NE
Ref: 566967
Finds None listed
Events Moorside, Mosslane, Bentley

Moorside, Mosslane, Bentley

Sources <1> Desc Text : The Temple of the Druids (Rudge, EA) Vol 13, No 98, pp276-277, copy in SMR Dated : 1965

<2> RECORD SHEET/FORM : OS cards (Ordnance Survey) TQ59NE11, W. Stukely, 1725 Dated : unknown

<3> Aerial Photo : TQ565970 (Meridian Airmaps Limited) Dated : 1976

<4> Desc Text : Watching brief Moorside, Mosslane, Bentley (Havis, Richard) Dated : 1992