Keys to the Past

Roman period settlement and medieval shieling on Brands Hill (Cheviotside)

This site lies on a prominent knoll and the earliest feature is a Roman period settlement. It is a sub-circular enclosure, about 54m across, with banks of earth and stone around it. Large kerb stones mark the edges of the bank and along its top are some large pointed stones. Inside the enclosure are about nine hut circles, one of which is placed centrally with banks radiating from it towards the enclosure bank creating yards. Another enclosure or annexe lies to the south-east and contains three hut circles. At the base of the knoll is a rectangular building, or shieling of medieval date. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N1728
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument

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Source of Reference
Local History of Cheviotside
Local History of Cheviotside


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