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Along the Moors - The Wall

In the Watery Past

Wall Hillfort
Wall Hillfort

Two thousand years ago, the predominant landscape of the Weald Moors would have looked very different from today and, judging from scientific examination of local peat deposits, appears likely to have been comprised of watery fenland with an abundance of sedges (grass-like plants) and willow. While this might not seem a very promising environment in which to eek out any kind of existence, the moorland habitat was arguably far more productive than it is now and evidence of the determination of past inhabitants to conquer their surroundings can still be found at The Wall, which takes its name from a low-lying Iron Age hillfort that encircles the island settlement and is one of only a few examples of its kind in Great Britain.