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The Celtic names of hillforts



Credenhill Park Wood


Location: northeast of Kenchester, Herefordshire

OS map reference:  SO 451 445                                                           

Celtic name:  Magnis

Source:  Ravenna Cosmography (57) – Magnis

             Antonine Itinerary (Iter XII) - Magnis


This is a large, elongate hillfort built around the summit of a steep hill, the rampart being in places some 30 metres below the summit.

The name is an old-style compound in the hill-letters and n, where gn means 'steep hill'.

The name will simply have been transferred by the Romans to the new town which they built nearby at Kenchester. Presumably the surviving inhabitants of the hillfort made up the bulk of the population of the new town.


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