West Wickham Common

Has been described as a Questionable Artillery Fort

There are earthwork remains

NameWest Wickham Common
Alternative NamesConey Hall
Historic CountryKent
Modern AuthorityLondon Borough of Bromley
1974 AuthorityGreater London
Civil ParishBromley

Earthworks on West Wickham Common were surveyed by the Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England in 1995. A ring-shaped bank is located in the southwest corner of an earthwork enclosure (see MLO17289). It was found through the survey to overlie the enclosure and was therefore later in date. The enclosure was interpreted through the survey as dating to the Iron Age. The ring-shaped bank has previously been interpreted (by Clinch and Hogg) as being a Bronze Age barrow or as a 16th century redoubt (after being reassessed by Hogg). If the supposed date of the enclosure is correct, than the latter interpretation is more likely. The ring-shaped bank measures about 16 m in diameter and 0.8 m in height. The morphology of the mound was found through the survey not to resemble a barrow. Its interpretation as a small redoubt, probably used in military training, may be more likely (see also another mound within the enclosure MLO46591). The mound may also be part of the remains of a beacon site. Another interpretation is that it is a pillow mound, connected with a medieval, or later, warren. The enclosure earthworks may have been reused as boundary banks for a warren and this and another mound may have been reused as artificial rabbit warrens. (Greater London HER)

Not scheduled

Not Listed

Historic England (PastScape) Defra or Monument number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceTQ398652
HyperLink HyperLink HyperLink

No photos available. If you can provide pictures please contact Castlefacts

Most of the sites or buildings recorded in this web site are NOT open to the public and permission to visit a site must always be sought from the landowner or tenant.

Calculate Print


  • Clinch, George, 1889, Antiquarian Jottings relating to Bromley, Hayes, Keston and West Wickham in Kent p. 178-9 online copy


  • Hogg, A.H.A., 1981, 'The causewayed earthwork and the Elizabethan redoubt on West Wickham Common' Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 97 p. 71-8 online copy


  • Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments England. 1995. An Enclosure on West Wickham Common, Bromley: An Earthwork Survey by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England