Titterstone Clee Hill

Titterstone Clee Hill is shown on the 14th century map of the world 'The Mappa Mundi' preserved in the library of Hereford Cathedral.

The prominent profile of Titterstone Clee shown on this ancient map is and has been a landmark of the Marches for as long as there have been people living in the hill country known today as South Shropshire. The prehistoric monuments that survive on the summit of Titterstone provide evidence of over 4,000 years of people being drawn to this high and windswept hill. In the middle ages Kings and Queens walked in its shadow as they moved between the castles and halls of this border land.

Titterstone Clee Hill is surmounted by a very large, (71 acres) isolated hillfort located at an altitude of 533 metres. It has a single bank of earth and rubble but no ditch, today this is shown on the surface by a heavy spread of stones. There is an inturned entrance at the south, and a minor one on the north. Excavation suggests that the fort developed in two phases: the rampart was originally faced with timber and later by drystone walling; the southern entrance was originally timber-lined, and later, trapezoidal stone guard-chambers were built behind it. There are traces of hut circles on the east, whilst the south-west has been heavily damaged by quarrying.