Interpretive display on the history of Leckhampton Hill, Cheltenham

If you are fit enough to tackle the steep slopes of Leckhampton Hill you’ll be rewarded with some stunning sights, including views of Cheltenham far below and two different A1 Lifechart lecterns – one on the history of the Iron Age hillfort and another on the lime kilns, the remains of which can be found half way up.

A display panel on Leckhampton Hill Iron Age hillfort

To the south of Cheltenham lies a spectacularly high limestone hill, Leckhampton Hill, chosen and developed by the Dubonii tribe more than 2000 years ago as their hillfort – one of a series of Iron Age hillforts found all along the Cotswolds. Much later, quarrying for stone took place over a period of 300 years from the early 1600s until the 1920s resulting in the famous Devil’s Chimney formation. At this time lime kilns were built and lime transported down the hill on a specially made standard gauge railway. In 1929 the whole site was opened to the public by Cheltenham Town Council.

We were commissioned by Cheltenham Borough Council to produce three A1 lectern displays – two showing the Iron Age hillfort and one outlining the history of the lime kilns. Like the man-made monuments they describe, they stand in all weathers on the hill and help tell the hill’s stories to the thousands of locals and visitors who take the steep climbs to the top.

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