Keys to the Past

Bells Chapel deserted medieval village (Kielder)

Bell's Chapel, also known as Bell's Kirk, was near Bells Burn, on the border between Scotland and England. It is mentioned in a document written in 1590, and was part of the rectory of Cassilton. The chapel itself no longer exists, but a hollowed out natural boulder, probably used as a font, marks a possible former location. Earthworks at the same location are probably the remains of a cottage called `Bell's House'. Other earthworks mark the positions of field boundaries, stack stands and lazy beds. Archaeologists call this type of abandoned settlement a deserted medieval village.

Reference number:N6256
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Event(s):FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1956; A S Phillips
FIELD OBSERVATION, Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division Field Investigation 1970; B H Pritchard



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Source of Reference
Local History of Kielder


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