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Broogh Fort, Santan

by Bernadette Weyde

At 20m in diameter and 4m high, Broogh Fort is almost hidden from the road by hedgerow but on seeing the monument notice on a field gate and entering, it’s more noticeable though it does lie low in the landscape. In ‘A Guide to the Archaeological Sites of the Isle of Man up to AD1500‘ by Andrew Johnson and Allison Fox, it states the site has never been investigated so its original functions are not clear. It could be a prehistoric burial mound, an Iron Age ringfort or a medieval motte with outer banks and ditches that are additional defensive measures designed to oppose attack from the most likely approach.

The mound is surrounded by a ditch about 8m wide and despite the dry weather the past few days, this area is quite wet when approaching and springy so if you visit you might like to bring some wellies.

Lovely view though and the birdsong was symphonic.

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(acknowledgement: A Guide to the Archaeological Sites of the Isle of Man up to AD1500 by Andrew Johnson and Allison Fox which is available to buy throughout the Island and online)

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