Keys to the Past

Midden near Jenny Bell's Well (Holy Island)

Near Jenny Bell's Well is a medieval and post-medieval midden. Two bronze rings were found here in about 1900 and since then it has been partly excavated in the 1980s. The main deposit fills a fault in the bedrock and boulder clay and midden material can be traced for about 200m along the cliff towards Tripping Chare. The midden is about 4m thick at its deepest point and seems to lie on top of a massive drystone structure. Amongst the finds there was 11th to 15th century pottery as well as secular and monastic domestic and industrial debris. Two pieces of Roman pottery from the midden are the only Roman finds from the island.

Reference number:N5343
Historical period: Roman (43 to 410)
Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Later Prehistoric (4000BC to 43AD)
Legal status:Conservation area

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Source of Reference
Local History of Holy Island


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