Keys to the Past

Cross dyke across Clennell Street (Netherton with Biddlestone)

A cross dyke, or linear bank and ditch, runs across the narrow neck of land between Hare Sheds and Uplaw Knowe. It measures about 130m long by 5m wide overall. There is a gap where the medieval drove road, called Clennell Street, runs through. The date of the cross dyke is unknown but it may originally have been a prehistoric boundary, reused in the medieval period. A small circular feature, once thought to be a hut circle, has been cut into it at a later date and is now thought to be a cockpit, where cockfighting took place.

Reference number:N1040
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Event(s):FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1957; A S Phillips

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Netherton with Biddlestone
Local History of Netherton with Biddlestone

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