Keys to the Past

West Hill camp (Kirknewton)

These are the remains of a large Iron Age hillfort. The earliest occupation here may have been Bronze Age and there are the slight remains of a bank and ditch that may belong to this period. The main defences of the hill fort are now a large tumble of turf-covered stones running along the edge of the natural slope. In places, this bank has a stone facing. There are signs of an entrance in the east side. Traces of a number of hut circles can be seen within the enclosure, which probably date to the Roman period. A large outer enclosure surrounds the site and a small settlement is built into its bank. These are probably also of Roman date. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N1417
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Later Prehistoric (4000BC to 43AD)
Iron Age (800BC to 43AD)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):MEASURED SURVEY, An Iron Age Hillfort and it environs on West Hill, Northumberland 2000; ENGLISH HERITAGE
FIELD SURVEY, Hill forts and settlements in Northumberland ; G Jobey

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Source of Reference
Local History of Kirknewton


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