Keys to the Past

Fort, Shackleton Beacon Hill, Heighington (Heighington)

Shackleton Beacon is the best example of an Iron Age (800BC to AD43) hillfort in County Durham. The hill is surrounded by large earth banks divided by a ditch. The remains of an old windmill stands inside the fort on the top of the hill. This was later turned into a folly in the 19th century. This is a Scheduled Ancient Monument protected by law.

Reference number:D1453
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Iron Age (800BC to 43AD)
Legal status:Scheduled Monument
  • National Heritage List for England Entry Number: 1016867
Event(s):Limestone Landscapes Historic Environment Audit And Action Plan; Archaeo-Environment Ltd
Durham Magnesian Limestone Survey 1983 - 1984; Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England

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Source of Reference
Local History of Heighington

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