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Defended Settlement (Belsay)

This oval shaped earthwork is surrounded by two ramparts. A gap in the south-east corner is probably the original entrance. Inside, there are the foundations of a medieval tower. The site is now heavily overgrown by shrubs and trees. The enclosure was probably a defended settlement of Iron Age date. It is reported that a number of quern stones, implements used for the grinding of corns, were discovered in the settlement in the 19th century but their present location is unknown. The stone tower was probably demolished in the 19th century to provide stone for the building of the present Bolam Hall. The site is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N10577
Historical period: Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Iron Age (800BC to 43AD)
UNCERTAIN
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD SURVEY, Hill forts and settlements in Northumberland ; G Jobey

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Source of Reference
Local History of Belsay


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