Keys to the Past

Black Dyke (Tarset with Greystead; Simonburn; Bellingham; Wark)

The Black Dyke is an earthwork feature defined by a ditch up to 1.8m deep on its west side. The purpose of the dyke is not known but it is thought to date to before the Roman period. It runs for several kilometres from the west of Bellingham south and westwards through Wark Forest. Some sections are visible on aerial photographs and it is suggested that the dyke may have been an intermittent feature rather than a continuous one. In some places, later parish boundary walls follow the line of the dyke.

Reference number:N6951
Historical period: Later Prehistoric (4000BC to 43AD)
Event(s):AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY, Hadrian's Wall Landscape from Chesters to Greenhead 1999; T GATES
AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY, Hadrian's Wall Landscape from Chesters to Greenhead. An air photographic survey 2004; T Gates

See also:
Source of Reference
Local History of Simonburn
Local History of Bellingham
Local History of Tarset with Greystead
Local History of Wark
Local History of Tarset with Greystead

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