Keys to the Past

Medieval building at Peel Gap (Henshaw)

The remains of a medieval building lie buried next to Hadrian's Wall. It was excavated in 1911 and revealed a square building built of reused Roman stones. The excavations also found medieval pottery. Today, the site of the building is just a slight platform up to 0.4m high, still with its 1911 excavation trenches and spoil heaps visible. The building has often been described as a tower, but its walls do not really seem to be substantial enough for it to have been such a building and it is now thought more likely to have been a farmhouse. This is a Scheduled Monument protected by law.

Reference number:N6586
Historical period: Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Scheduled Ancient Monument

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Source of Reference
Local History of Henshaw


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