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Woodborough’s Heritage

Commemorating the centenary of the WWI armistice on 11th day of 11th month 1918

A montage of hand knitted poppies displayed on the railings to Governors’ Field

Woodborough’s Heritage

Woodborough, an ancient Sherwood Forest Village recorded in Domesday

In the western side the intervening ground between the inner fosse and outer vallum widens into a broad platform.


The position of this stronghold is the centre of many surrounding camps, and communication could easily be made with those at Lambley on the south; Lowdham and Thurgarton on the east; Epperstone and Oxton on the north; and the two in the parish of Arnold in the west.



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Ancient woodlands surrounding Woodborough - Victoria County History



Fox Wood, Woodborough:

Seven miles north-east from Nottingham and half a mile south of Calverton is Fox Wood, in which is one of the most interesting earthworks of the county. It is a matter of regret that destructive forces have shorn it of its original size and plan. The swell of the ground gives a prominence to the site.

At present the remains are somewhat oval in form. The strongest position, approaching a square, has three sides of a vallum [a Roman rampart or earthwork] and fosse [a ditch or moat, especially one dug as a fortification]; but on the eastern side they begin to curve outwards into another court, which possibly provided a well-defended entrance into this innermost area. On the north is another court with the fosse remaining on the north and west sides; at the north-east the defence changes into a vallum which apparently, by the progress of its line, joined the northern entrenchments of the inner court; but the eastern side is lost.


From the middle of the northern side a strong vallum, embracing all the inner works, passes around the western and southern sides, at the extremity of which latter it is destroyed; this entrenchment is probably older than the interior works.


At the middle-north point is an entrance, difficult of access; the agger [a Roman word for an embankment or rampart] is here incurved, while another rampart, taking the same curve outwardly, forms a sunken approach, which for 180 ft  even in its mutilated state  could be covered by a cross-fire from both sides.

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