Prehistoric Maiden Newton

There is a barrow on Hogscliffe Hill and Notton Down of the Bronze Age. There is an earthwork on the same hill enclosing an area of twenty six acres, excavations 1958-60 established that it was an early Iron Age stock enclosure with village. On the same hill, too, an Early Iron Age settlement and on the Ridges Iron Age brooches have been found. This was in 1934. Then there are lynchets above the railway embankment at Maiden Newton the old method of strip cultivation as used by the Saxons and Early English. Traces of a British settlement have been found at Throop where the Roman pavement was unearthed.