Keys to the Past

Iron Age or Roman field system (Brinkburn and Hesleyhurst)

Stone alignment at Lordenshaw, Hesleyhurst. Photo by Northumberland County Council.
Stone alignment at Lordenshaw, Hesleyhurst. Photo by Northumberland County Council.

On moorland between Lordenshaws hillfort and Garleigh Hill, rows of stones seem to mark field boundaries. There are also mounds which may be the remains of heaps of stones cleared from new fields and used as corner markers. Sometimes such clearance cairns, as they are known, are found to have human burials beneath them. In the same area, lynchets are present, which are evidence that the ground was ploughed when these fields were in use. The fields may be associated with the Iron Age settlement at Lordenshaws, or with the Roman period native settlement there. The field system is a Scheduled Monument, protected by law.

Reference number:N10743
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Iron Age (800BC to 43AD)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument

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Source of Reference
Local History of Brinkburn and Hesleyhurst
Local History of Brinkburn and Hesleyhurst


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