The Places visited in the Story
The Hill-fort of the Cornovii
This hill-fort is one of the finest in the country and although the hill it occupies is relatively low, the builders compensated for this with up to seven concentric rings of fortifications.
Old Oswestry is built on a huge scale (around 40 acres), with massive earthwork ramparts and salients. Excavations have failed to unlock its mysteries and so there is a quite unique atmosphere.
It is reputed to have been occupied by the Cornovii and there is certainly enough room on the six hectare summit for a feasting hall and extensive buildings.
There are two entrances, one in the east and one in the west and as in the story the latter is heavily fortified. It also is the one with a series of deep rectangular hollows the function of which is not understood.