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Lesingey Round

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Lesingey Round
Lesingey Round - - 1417153.jpg
Viewed from the west
Shown within Cornwall
LocationNear Penzance, Cornwall
grid reference SW 453 303
Coordinates50°7′7″N 5°33′50″W / 50.11861°N 5.56389°W / 50.11861; -5.56389
Area1.5 acres (0.6 ha)
PeriodsIron Age

Lesingey Round is a hillfort about 1 mile (1.6 km) west of Penzance, in Cornwall, England.

It has been a scheduled monument since 22 July 1958.[1]

A "round" is a small circular embanked enclosure, with one entrance; they date from the late Iron Age to the early post-Roman period. They are most common in Cornwall.[1]

Lesingey Round is situated at the summit of a hill. The area of the site is wooded. The circular bank is 12–15 feet (3.7–4.6 m) above the partly buried external ditch and about 6 feet (1.8 m) above the interior; it encloses an area of about 1.5 acres (0.6 ha). As the inner slope of the rampart is absent in places, the location of the entrance is not known. There are no visible traces of occupation inside.[1][2]

In 1584 the topographer John Norden referred to an ancient ruined castle on a mound near Penzance, calling it Castle Horneck; he may have been describing this site, which suggests that the site was occupied in the medieval period. The existing Castle Horneck is about 400 metres (440 yd) away.[2]

Cornish 'Horn' & 'Hornek' are 'Iron' in English. So assuming 'Castle Horneck' would have some kind of translation as 'Iron Castle'.

Colloquially known as 'Bluebell Dell' and, although it is probably not technically a 'Dell'(in fact it is surprisingly elevated and quite a step up so easily understood to be a fort) it is always full with Bluebells each Spring.


  1. ^ a b c Historic England. "Round called Lesingey Round (1004400)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b Historic England. "Lesingey Round  (423945)". PastScape. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
This page was last edited on 4 April 2019, at 00:58
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