Keys to the Past

Heddon (Kilham)

This site includes the remains of both a prehistoric hut circle, a series of cultivation terraces, a Roman, enclosed settlement as well as part of the medieval settlement of Heddon. It stands on a wide saddle of land between Coldsmouth Hill and Ring Chesters. The Roman settlement lies in an enclosure scooped into the hillside. Overlying the remains of these early settlements is the core of the medieval settlement of Heddon, which was first recorded in 1296. The village plan is visible as the prominent earthworks of a single row of houses with garden areas to the rear. At least six rectangular platforms are arranged in a north-south direction and contain the sites of longhouses, which are divided into two rooms. At the northern end of the row the houses are sites on a raised terrace. Nearby are the remains of a series of medieval fields. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N590
Historical period: Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Later Prehistoric (4000BC to 43AD)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument

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Source of Reference
Local History of Kilham


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