Keys to the Past

Deserted medieval village west of Quickening Cote (Alwinton)

This site is a deserted medieval settlement sited on south-east sloping ground overlooking Ridlees Burn. The remains of at least seven rectangular farmhouses can be seen. They survive as grass-covered banks of earth and stone up to 3m wide. The buildings are all 5m wide but vary from between 10m and 20m long. They are sited on both sides of a small stream. They are nearly all aligned west-east. Documentary evidence supports the tradition that this site was the medieval village of Aldensheles, which probably survived until the 17th century. This site is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N205
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1957; A S Phillips
FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1970; D Smith
AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY, Air photography and the Archaeology of the Otterburn Training Area 1996
TOPOGRAPHIC SURVEY, Aldenshiels deserted medieval settlement 2008; Northern Archaeological Associates



See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Alwinton


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