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Iron Age Hillfort at Monday Cleugh (Akeld)

Aerial view of Monday Cleugh Iron Age hillfort. Photo © Tim Gates.
Aerial view of Monday Cleugh Iron Age hillfort. Photo © Tim Gates.

This Iron Age hillfort is on the south west and west slopes of Harehope Hill. It sits on level ground at the head of a deep crag-sided hollow, known as Monday Cleugh. The enclosure is semi-circular in shape and measures 138m north-south and 101m east-west. It is surrounded on three sides by earth and stone banks, but on the east side the crags provide a natural defence. The ramparts still survive, in places to a height of 1.2m. In many places kerb stones are still visible along their edges. There are two main entrances: an opening in the south-east corner and another in the west side. The turf-covered remains of three huts are visible within the enclosure, with very low standing walls. A larger rectangular foundation (6m x 19m) can be seen close to the west entrance. Other similar rectangular foundations can be seen attached to the outer rampart.. In the medieval period a number of sheepfolds were build over the remains of the fort, and the rectangular buildings may relate to this period. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N1527
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Iron Age (800BC to 43AD)
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 Akeld


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