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Celtic Tribes


The first settlers

Plan of the Celtic fort built in Little Roe Wood

500BC - 200AD

Although there is not much physical evidence of early settlement in Burngreave, we do know that an Iron Age fort was discovered in Roe Woods. The people who built this may have been from a Celtic tribe, the Brigantes, who were based near Huddersfield.
They were possibly the earliest settlers in the area. In the early 1900s you could still see the circular banks of the fort they had built. In 1922, however, it was destroyed to build a sports ground (now owned by Sheffield United Football Club). It has been suggested that this fort may have been linked to the nearby hill fort at Wincobank, possibly as outer defences against other tribes.