They may not look all that impressive today, but there was a time, more than 1,000 years ago, when this grassy bank tried to keep England safe from a Danish invasion.
During the 9th century King Alfred established a number of towns in his Kingdom of Wessex that were known as burghs. This is one of them, Wareham, which is now in the county of Dorset.
The walls were once higher than this and would have had a wooden stockade on top. They surrounded the town on three sides, with the River Frome defending the town on the south side. It is now possible to walk the whole length of the walls – it doesn’t take long!
Even today, the vast majority of the town’s buildings are inside the walls.
Did the walls do their job? Up to a point! The Danes did take the town at one time, but Alfred was able to reconquer Wareham later on.
Do you know anywhere with walls as old or older than these?
There are many in China and the rest of asia much older.
But it is a really cool path now right?
China Wall is much older …………
I am not sure if this could be called a wall. It was known as Sultan Battery that had an elevation of 907 meters
The remains are still there.
There are the old stone walls where I live in Great Yarmouth, but I’m not exactly sure how old they are. I would imagine from the photo you posted, you’d get a better picture of the ancient walls with an aerial view.
You can get that from Google Earth, presumably.
My city had such defense fortifications. It is the only military construction left standing in South East Europe, as I know!
More history learned. I do not know of any older walls around anywhere.