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Passpeth Sike medieval hamlet (Alwinton)

This monument includes the remains of a deserted hamlet, situated on a level site on either side of the Passpeth Sike, a tributary of the River Coquet. The remains include a large irregular enclosure situated on the right bank of the stream and extending northwards across a farm track. Within the enclosure are the remains of three houses measuring on average 6m by 4.5m. The most north-easterly is well-preserved, with walls standing up to 0.6m. Adjacent to these houses and opposite the left bank of Paspeth Sike is a fourth rectangular house. A number of probable animal pens are to the north. This settlement is though to be part of the medieval settlement of Whiteside, known from a 16th century map of the area by Christopher Saxton. The existence of a stack stand and the well-preserved nature of one of the houses suggest occupation continued until later. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N284
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument

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Source of Reference
Local History of Alwinton


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