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Brinkburn Priory promontory fort (Brinkburn and Hesleyhurst)

Brinkburn Priory promontory fort.
Photo by Harry Rowland.
Brinkburn Priory promontory fort. Photo by Harry Rowland.

This is an Iron Age promontory fort situated on a promontory formed by a loop in the River Coquet. The natural slopes are very steep and high providing a strong defensive site. The narrowest part of the promontory has been defended by a large earth bank and possibly an outer ditch as well. Both features have been disturbed and only fragments of them remain. Inside the fort there has been ploughing in medieval times and quarrying and no earlier features are now visible.

Reference number:N11312
Historical period: Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Iron Age (800BC to 43AD)
Event(s):FIELD SURVEY, Hill forts and settlements in Northumberland ; G Jobey

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


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